We believe strongly in giving back to our community. The Saanich Peninsula Hospital Foundation’s Music Therapy Program fits right in with our mission. As does the Sidney Lions Food Bank.
Saanich Peninsula Hospital
Music Therapy Program
Over the past ten years, the Peninsula Singers have donated nearly $50,000 to the Saanich Peninsula Hospital & Healthcare Foundations‘ Music Therapy Program. You’ll see why we do from the Foundation’s Executive Director Karen Morgan’s description of the program. According to Ms. Morgan,
“Music therapy is increasingly taking its place as an integral part of end-of-life care. It is an innovative way to meet the multidimensional needs of the terminally ill and their loved ones. Rather than living exclusively in the realm of their final illness or mortality, patients, through music therapy, are encouraged to smile, cry, become energized and explore their creativity. By transcending their failing body and fears, patients feel a fuller sense of self and participate in a spiritual activity that comforts on both the emotional and physical levels. Whether participating in our Residential Care “bell choir”, or receiving one-on-one therapeutic sessions, music therapy can lessen feelings of isolation and loneliness, perceptions of physical pain and anxiety or agitation. Peninsula Singers have made an enormous contribution to the quality of life for our community’s most frail seniors.”
Here is a website that explains how music therapy works.
The Singers are delighted to put on a mini-show for extended care patients at the Saanich Peninsula Hospital before our concert series at Christmas and in the spring.
Sidney Lions Food Bank
The Singers collect money and food donations for the Sidney Lions Food Bank at every concert.