It’s so very heartwarming to read some of the letters we receive from those we have helped with your donations. Here are a few recently received.

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I would like to thank you for your support and for my selection as the recipient of The Harmonize For Speech, Master of Music Therapy Award. I am in my second year of the Master of Music Therapy program at Wilfrid Laurier University. Music has always been part of my life. My father is a musician and music teacher and therefore I was often surrounded by music when I was growing up. Singing was always a passion for me. At the young age of four I sang my first solo. I continued singing solos, and in many ensembles including several community and academic choirs. Growing up, I did not know where this love of music would take me but I knew I was going to follow it.
I completed mu undergraduate degree in Music Education at Western University in London, Ontario. I thoroughly enjoyed this program and it further reinforced my love for music and the community and relationships that music can build between people. I had a feeling that the formal education setting was not quite the right fit for me and I knew I was most interested in the healing aspects of music; music’s ability to support well-being, evoke and express emotion and to inspire connection. This is what led me to the Master of Music Therapy program at Laurier.
The Faculty of Music community at Laurier is welcoming and supportive and the Music Therapy community is tightly knit, like a family. The program at Laurier has helped me to develop musical and clinical skills and provided opportunities for both individual and group sessions through placement and internship experiences. I have been able to engage in many relationships within many different client populations during the program at Laurier including: adolescents in an alternative school setting, non-verbal adolescents and adults, children and adolescents in a paediatric hospital, adult mental health, and older adult groups including individuals with dementia. Through music we can communicate what words cannot. For those who are unable to verbalize, music can offer an alternative means of expression and emotional release; music can offer a world in which an individual with a communication disorder can freely explore and be in relationship where they are no longer inhibited by the societal expectation of verbal communication.
I greatly cherish connecting with others through music; the community and relationships that music fosters. I see music as a resource for well-being, a resource that can have significance in everyone’s life. I believe that the main goal of music therapy is the use of musical expression and the therapeutic relationship to encourage well-being within the individual. Shared music-making experiences connect the individual to others and enhances an awareness of their own health. As I have learned through the Music Therapy program at Laurier, it is not within my power to better the individual’s quality of life; however, I can musically walk alongside them and provide the resources for acceptance and growth.
This is my final year of the Music Therapy program at Laurier. After this year, I will have another summer internship opportunity and the certification exam to complete.
Going forward, I hope to continue to share in music-making that will facilitate self-discovery and to begin the process of self-initiated growth in the quality of life for the individuals I interact with throughout my life as a music therapist.
I am thrilled and grateful for this award and want to extend my thanks again for supporting future music therapists, like me, in the pursuit of the dreams and aspirations. Awards like this are important to the progression of the music therapy field and to support future music therapists so that music therapy services can continue to be provided within the community. The funds from this award will help me continue to build upon my musical and clinical skills as a music therapy student and future music therapist!

Kaitlyn McLagan, Master of Music Therapy
Recipient of The Harmonize For Speech, Master of Music Therapy Award

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Thank you for your thoughtful donation of $1,500.00 in support of the North Bay Regional Health Centre towards the Wordplay program. Your gift is especially appreciated by our patients because it directly impacts the level of care and comfort we can provide them.
It is through the generosity of people such as yourselves, that we are able to purchase essential medical equipment and fund vital programs that touch the lives of countless people in and around our community. A special thing happens when you give the gift of health – you change a life!
The North Bay Regional Health Centre became a reality because of our caring community and people like you who share our vision of providing excellent patient care in our district.

Tally Morrison, CFRE
President & CEO
North Bay Regional Health Centre

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Our Awards Luncheon took place on March 28, 2019 and was a resounding success.
This is an event that the students and faculty look forward to every year and we are grateful for the generosity of the Harmonize For Speech Fund. We were wonderfully entertained by the quartet Tour de Four, who also presented the books and awards to the students.
We wish to thank you for the continued support that you provide to our students. It is very much appreciated.
I would also like to extend a special thanks to one of your trustees, Mr. Christopher Brand who once again coordinated the event with us this year.

Carol Leonard, PhD
Associate Professor and Interim Director
Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology Program
University of Ottawa

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On behalf of Barrie Stroke Recovery Association of Barrie and District, we would like to thank you for your financial assistance, and help for the stroke survivors who take part in our speech programs, and for helping to make their lives better.

Darlene Graves, President
Stroke Recovery Association of Barrie and District