Music Therapist Jim Chisholm plays the melodic alongside Ted Dillistone on drums.

Donation hits right note

Local musician Jim Chisholm provides the service for a number of area senior homes as well as the local hospital

The Campbell River Arts Council gave a big thanks to the Bank of Montreal for a $1,500 grant in support of the council’s Music Therapy Program.

This program is part of the overall Arts Council’s Art in Health Initiative. Local musician Jim Chisholm provides the service for a number of area senior homes as well as the local hospital.

Ken Blackburn, the Arts Council’s Executive Director says, “Music Therapy is an emerging profession within the health care of patients, notably amongst seniors.  The ability of music to bring people together, to make them feel included within a group, to allow space for participation and ‘to just have fun’, contributes to the physical, emotional and social wellbeing of seniors.  We are honoured to join with the Bank of Montreal in making this Program available to our local seniors.”

The grant is partially funded through the Bank of Montreal Volunteer Grant on behalf of the Arts Council’s board member (and BMO Courtenay Branch Manager) Chelsie Stubbs.

For more information, contact the Arts Council at arts.council@crarts.ca or call 250-923-0213. Donations to the program can be made through the website www.crarts.ca.