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GUEST,Marion Toronto cancer centre seeks minstrels (11) Toronto cancer centre seeks minstrels 30 Jan 03

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The Toronto Sunnybrook Regional Cancer Centre and the Board of Bayview Support Network (a volunteer peer support organization in the Cancer Centre) have approved the creation of a Minstrel Program. This program is being developed to bring the healing sound of instrumental and vocal music into the Atrium of the Cancer Centre. The Atrium is a beautiful 2 level space where cancer patients wait for treatment.

The Minstrel Program is a volunteer program of professional, amateur and student musicians and vocalists. The Minstrel Program welcomes anyone who would like to play light, quiet, soothing and uplifting music to help make the waiting time for treatment easier and more pleasant. The wait is often stressful and it has been proven that music can play a big part in stress reduction and helps in the healing of body, mind and soul (all of which are involved in a cancer experience).

Minstrels can provide music in whatever format they would like; i.e. wandering or stationary and in solo, duet or group presentations. The music can be improvisational in nature or structured.

Minstrel program volunteers are welcome to bring their music at any time from 8:00am - 8:00pm, Monday to Friday, once a week, once a month, twice a month. The program has been designed with built-in flexibility to accommodate personal schedules. There are no time slots to be filled.

** Volunteers are encouraged to attend a kick-off orientation on February 14th, 2003 at 1:30pm because it will include an opportunity to meet other fellow-minstrels who are helping to initiate the program; however, individual intake appointments will be scheduled to accommodate personal schedules.

**Bring your parking ticket when you attend volunteer intake sessions. It will be validated for free parking.

For more information about the Minstrel Program or to register for the February orientation call

Sharon Hudson Moore

Chair, Complimentary Therapy

Bayview Support Network Board

905 886 1539

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