Submitted by Gail Benjafield
Every year, WomEnchant, a local chorus of women, Niagara based in one sense in that many members come from the Niagara Region communities of St. Catharines, Fenwick, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Grimsby, Tintern, and a little further field — Hamilton, Dundas, Ancaster and Oakville, to sing for social justice causes and for church fundraisers.
Our noted conductor, Laura Thomas, is a multitalented musician, deputy conductor of the Niagara Symphony Orchestra, leader of several choirs, leader of the Dundas Valley Orchestra, Broadband, WomEnchant and much more.
We have raised thousands of dollars for good causes — to name but a few: The Stephen Lewis Foundation for Aids in Africa, for various churches always in need of dollars to top off their good works, Earth Day songfests, Women’s Day events, the annual Take Back the Night in St. Catharines (work for abused women) and quite recently, the celebration at the B.M.E. Church in St. Catharines, Ontario for the 100th anniversary of Harriet Tubman’s death. We sing for good reasons – peace, gender equity, racial equality, environmental issues, etc. I know that many of these causes are close to the heart of Niagara at Large.
Please consider supporting your local women singers as we celebrate a year of many concerns with the hope of better days to come.
Gail Benjafield is a Niagara resident, a long-time citizen volunteer in our region and a member of the WomEnchant Chorus.
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