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Canadian Military Wives Choir expanding rapidly

The Canadian Military Wives Choirs movement, that started only three years ago, in Ottawa, thanks to Mrs. Sue Palmer, is rapidly expanding with now seven choirs in operation and five more units possibly in the making.

The Choirs, whom regroup military wives spouses and serving members, were initially created based on a United Kingdom model as a means to encourage women to take care of themselves, increase their networking and, though music and singing, regroup and support each other.

Brenda Dunne started the Comox Choir in January 2015. She was part of the group that created the Board of Directors a year ago, in Ottawa. “It is very empowering for us to get together as a group and use music as a catalyst to bring us closer together as military wives. It is also a great opportunity for us to experience differently some military or national pride events as performers.”

The Board of Directors was officially put together to give the various groups across the country some ground rules to follow, though each retains its individuality in terms of meeting space, frequency of meetings and performances as well as choice of songs, all of which need to be respectful of copyright laws and ethically appropriate as far as performing for families and not making political statements.

Each group has to include in its repertoire the National Anthem and God Save the Queen songs, as well as some UK, acquired military-related themed songs. This specificity allows them to be invited to perform in very special events across the country – for example, hockey or football games, but mainly in sight of military related events such as Remembrance Day or other Holiday ceremonies.

The Choirs are funded exclusively through the monetary participation of their current 210 members and generous donators, as well as fundraising concerts. The Board of Directors is hoping to help other choirs get started across the country, and eventually be able to offer concerts in both official languages.

“Anyone interested in starting their own group would be very well received by contacting us. The movement is rapidly expanding, and we are excited to see it grow even further,” added Dunne.

Remembrance Week events the choirs are participating in, from West to East:

CMWC Comox

Nov 10  Candlelight Vigil at Comox Cenotaph

Nov 11  Comox Remembrance Day Ceremonies

CMWC Edmonton

Nov 4  Veterans Night WSM

Nov 7  No Stone Left Alone & Kipnes Centre for Veterans

Nov 9  High School Remembrance Day Ceremonies

Nov 11 Sherwood Park Remembrance Day Ceremonies

CMWC Petawawa

Nov 9  Petawawa Legion Remembrance Dinner

Nov 10 Candlelight Vigil at Petawawa Cenotaph

Nov 11 Petawawa Remembrance Ceremonies

CMWC Trenton

Nov 10 Candlelight Vigil, Trenton Royal Canadian Legion

CMWC Ottawa

Nov 4  Via Rail Station Poppy Launch

Nov 11 Kanata Legion reception (after Remembrance Day Ceremonies)

Contact your local CMWC for more details.


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Genevieve Trudeau Senecal

Genevieve Trudeau Senecal is a military wife, mother of two beautiful little boys and active member of the military family community in Valcartier, Quebec. Genevieve has a Bachelor in Journalism from Concordia University (Montreal) and has studied at the Danish School of Media and Journalism. She has worked several years as a journalist in sports car racing (Montreal) and as a radio host & journalist (near Bagotville) before marrying into the military in 2013. She is now a stay-at-home-mom and volunteers many hours weekly at the Valcartier Family Centre. Geneviève Trudeau Senécal est une femme de militaire, maman de deux merveilleux petit garçons et membre active de la communauté militaire de la base militaire de Valcartier, Québec. Geneviève est détentrice d'un baccalauréat en journalisme de l'Université Concordia (Montréal) et a étudier à l'école des médias et du journalisme du Danemark (DSMJ). Elle a travaillé plusieurs années comme journaliste en sports automobiles (Montréal) ainsi que comme animatrice et journaliste radio (près de Bagotville) avant de se marier en 2013. Elle est maintenant maman à la maison et bénévole active du Centre de la famille de Valcartier.

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