When watching the news, we may be disheartened by the actions of those that give us cause to worry about the future of our society.
By comparison, I want to recognize the positive energies of a group of St. James-Assiniboia students who give of themselves and offer us a glimmer of hope.
The Winds of Sturgeon is a 12-person, student-initiated wind instrument ensemble assembled by graduating student Elizabeth Sadler.
While most young people spent June trying to finish school and start their holidays, these students from Collège Sturgeon Heights Collegiate volunteered to play at
retirement residences and shared their talents with seven different audiences of seniors.
According to Sadler, "we enjoyed performing at Christmas so much that we decided to ‘book’ some more concerts in June. It was just an excuse to share our music and play for fun".
The students spent many hours, separately and as an ensemble, preparing their musical selections. Most of their rehearsals were held after hours in the school band room, except for one memorable ‘jam session’ in Sadler’s garage.
Every aspect of the performance was organized by the students: the bookings, musical program, transportation and rehearsals.
While attending two of their concerts, I was tickled to see the seniors smiling, tapping, clapping, and even singing along.
"It’s so nice to see young people interested in music", an audience member stated.
I was impressed by the professional attitude of these musicians, who took turns presenting their selections, and included the historical background of the music and composers.
Thus I want to reassure everyone out there that we are in good hands.
I believe that positive actions such as these far outweigh the negative in the world. We have many individuals with big hearts working quietly in the background. And make no mistake, the impact they have in our communities is enormous.
I know we can count on the youth of St. James to make positive choices and be good role models for many to follow.
Wanda Prychitko is a community correspondent for St. James-Assiniboia. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org