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Christopher Gooding
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Online contest could bring classrooms, studio to centre

There’s a lot of potential to develop at the Anne Murray Centre, and (from left) the centre’s Orientation Coordinator Kelsey Anderson and Executive Director Marcie Meekins are hoping the region will rally behind their application in the Aviva Community Fund. If successful, the centre plans on developing studios and classrooms at the centre for music education.

SPRINGHILL – The thrill of being part of a campaign doesn’t have to end with the provincial election.

Marcie Meekins, the Anne Murray Centre’s Executive Director, is hoping to attract the movers and shakers behind all of the candidates’ campaign teams in this week’s provincial election by offering them one more chance to get behind a good cause and make waves when another set of ballots are counted.

The Anne Murray Centre is a making its case in the Aviva Community Fund challenge that, if selected, will let the centre convert its under-utilized space into an extracurricular, barrier-free music program.

“We’re after $150,000 to develop the basement space into classrooms, studios and have every instrument available,” Meekins said. “We’re trying to remove economic barriers by making the programs completely accessible. Even during weekends and holidays.”

In their online pitch, the Anne Murray Centre’s application – The Magic of Music: Engaging Youth & Nurturing Talent – describes their goal as an educational mentoring program designed to help at risk youth in the community. By involving them in this program, youth will have the opportunity to develop their skills musically and beyond. It will bring together community volunteers who are willing to donate their time and skills with students who have a passionate desire to play an instrument, and read or write music.

“We have the space, we have the talent. Just not the funds,” Meekins said. “That’s why it’s so important to vote… We have to make the top 30 to make it to the next round.”

The program would be extracurricular to what’s available locally to students, but it’s the local programs that inspire the application from the Anne Murray Centre.

“The school has a wonderful music program,” Meekins said. “We want to expand it to outside of the school for the entire community.”

To get involved in adding your vote for the Anne Murray Centre’s application in the Aviva Community Fund go to or search for the Anne Murray Centre at You can vote once a day by registering or logging into the website with your Facebook account. Once registered you can share the centre’s application with friends and encourage them to get involved too.

Just like an election.

Organizations: Anne Murray Centre, Aviva Community Fund

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  • Carolyn McCarther
    October 09, 2013 - 18:44

    Wonderful idea!