Sing Sankey returns to the Sid Williams Theatre in Courtenay.

Sing Sankey returns to the Sid Williams Theatre in Courtenay.

Sing Sankey returns to support music therapy

On Wednesday, Nov. 8 Sing Sankey returns to the Sid Williams Theatre in Courtenay.

This heart-warming hymn sing-along will revive the classic hymns of the American gospel singer/composer Ira Sankey while raising funds for the Music Therapy program at The Views and Hospice at St. Joseph’s.

Attendees can expect an evening of singing (with lyrics provided), as well as Elvera Penner on the piano, Barb Tease on the marimba and the Comox Presbyterian Choir led by Al Penner, who will lead the audience in a selection of old favourites. Musical interludes will also feature a local bluegrass gospel band led by Earl Naswell.

Last year was Sing Sankey’s introduction to the Comox Valley and it was received warmly by the community. Organizers Diana and Chris Kutyn are hoping for an even more successful event that will help support music therapy while giving locals an opportunity to hear more about St. Joseph’s future developments, as well as ‘Mummy’s Village’, their Health Care Ministry in India.

“We are doing this, as before, in memory of my father who started this 30 years ago for the hospice movement in England; to unite the community while supporting Music Therapy at the Views and Hospice at the Views as it moves forward boldly into a new era in our community,” said Diana. “We are grateful to several local businesses and organizations who are also sponsoring the event.”

“Tell your friends, bring your voice and let’s raise the roof of the Sid once again to support this worthy program.”

The Music Therapy program brings enjoyment and tranquility to the 117 residents who call The Views at St. Joseph’s home, as well as to Hospice patients and their families, using singing, instruments and rhythm.

St. Joseph’s music therapist Nicole Burgess explains how music therapy benefits the residents and Hospice patients:

“Music therapy uses music purposefully within therapeutic relationships to support development, health and well-being,” she said. “We can use music safely and ethically to help promote healing and address human needs within cognitive, communicative, emotional, musical, social and spiritual domains.”

Music therapy at St. Joseph’s is partially funded by the Comox Valley Healthcare Foundation, which recently donated a Bandwagon mobile recording studio to residential care and hospice at The Views through Music Heals, as well as iPods and program funding to the music therapy program.

“Sing Sankey provides not only a very enjoyable evening for concert-goers, but also a fun way to fundraise for a wonderful program at St. Joseph’s that truly impacts the quality of life for residents and patients in Hospice,” said Lynn Dashkewytch, Executive Director of Comox Valley Healthcare Foundation.

“We are thankful to the Kutyn family for putting on this event and bringing the community together under one roof with multiple voices.”

Sing Sankey starts at 7 p.m. on Nov. 8 and is an all-ages show. Tickets are $15 and are available online at sidwilliamstheatre.com or at the Sid’s box office.

Please contact sponsors Grannies on the Go at 250-650 3301 if you need a ride to and from the theatre.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Courtenay councillor Will Cole-Hamilton, standing at right, sits on steering committees of two organizations that are tackling the problem of greenhouse gas emissions. File photo
Courtenay councillor leads campaign to reduce building-sector GHG emissions

Courtenay councillor Will Cole-Hamilton wants local governments to carry a little more… Continue reading

A rendering shows the entrance planned for the Hornby Island Arts Centre. Image supplied
Numerous Comox Valley projects get CERIP grants

Numerous Comox Valley projects have received grants through the Community Economic Recovery… Continue reading

Thrifty Foods. (Black Press file photo)
Thrifty Foods confirms staff member tests positive for COVID-19 in Courtenay

The company currently lists 12 stores within B.C. with confirmed cases

Comox Valley Schools’ distance learning program, Navigate (NIDES), which saw some large gains in enrolment this year, could see a return to normal numbers come September. Image, screenshot
Comox Valley Schools expects enrolment drop come fall

Decline projected online, as more students return to ‘bricks-and-mortar’ classes

Cumberland will be looking to a parcel tax to cover debt for its new water system. File photo
Cumberland plans for parcel tax to cover water debt

Parcel tax review panel would take place March 22, if necessary

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry updates B.C.’s COVID-19 situation at the B.C. legislature. (B.C. government)
B.C. reports 10 additional deaths, 395 new COVID-19 cases

The majority of new coronavirus infections were in the Fraser Health region

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools is preparing a rapid response team proposal for submission to the B.C. Ministry of Education. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
Nanaimo-Ladysmith school district chosen as COVID-19 rapid response team

Team to consist of SD68 and Island Health staff, according to B.C. Ministry of Education

A new survey has found that virtual visits are British Columbian’s preferred way to see the doctor amid the COVID-19 pandemic. (Unsplash)
Majority of British Columbians now prefer routine virtual doctor’s visits: study

More than 82% feel virtual health options reduce wait times, 64% think they lead to better health

Captain and Maria, a pair of big and affectionate akbash dogs, must be adopted together because they are so closely bonded. (SPCA image)
Shuswap SPCA seeks forever home for inseparable Akbash dogs

A fundraiser to help medical expenses for Captain and Maria earned over 10 times its goal

The missing camper heard a GSAR helicopter, and ran from his tree well waving his arms. File photo
Man trapped on Manning mountain did nearly everything right to survive: SAR

The winter experienced camper was overwhelmed by snow conditions

Cory Mills, Eric Blackmore and A.J. Jensen, all 20, drown in the Sooke River in February 2020. (Contributed photos)
Coroner confirms ‘puddle jumping’ in 2020 drowning deaths of 3 B.C. men

Cory Mills, Eric Blackmore and A.J. Jensen pulled into raging river driving through nearby flooding

Castlegar doctor Megan Taylor contracted COVID-19 in November. This photo was taken before the pandemic. Photo: Submitted
Kootenay doctor shares experience contracting COVID-19

Castlegar doctor shares her COVID experience

Ashley Paxman, 29, is in the ICU after being struck by a vehicle along Highway 97 Feb. 18, 2021. She remains in critical condition. (GoFundMe)
Okanagan woman in ICU with broken bones in face after being struck by car

She remains in serious condition following Feb. 18 incident

Most Read