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The Awesome Music Project (AMP) is a not for profit group whose focus was/is on music as a therapy for people with mental health issues, of all kinds. With the impact of Covid-19 in Long Term Care homes, the AMP group created AMP4Life to help communities most affected by Covid-19. The AMP4Life program will see sustainable music therapy programs installed at long term care and assisted living homes across Canada. The AMP4Life team approached the Bobcaygeon & Area Covid Relief Fund, through COKL Councillor Kathleen Seymour Fagan, looking for assistance to bring the program to Bobcaygeon.
Local volunteers, now working with the AMP4Life team, are excited to announce that Bobcaygeon’s Pinecrest has been chosen as the first long term care facility to benefit from the program in Canada. The hope is to expand the program into Case Manor and The Kawartha Lakes Retirement Residence. A dedicated music therapist will work with the local residences to tailor programs specific to the needs of each home. Both one on one and group digital and face to face sessions will be available to ensure flexibility in the program and to allow for changing health safety protocols in place during the pandemic.
To kick off the launch of the program in Bobcaygeon, special music performances took place on August 20th. The Spoons, Tara Shannon, Erin Cooper Gay and Rob Carli entertained residents with performances at Pinecrest and Case Manor. Pontoon boats provided an over water portion of the performances along Big Bob channel and at Beach Park, providing an added bonus of entertaining the community including boaters and those on shore. Although social distancing protocols prevented advertising of the performances in order to keep large crowds from gathering, an estimated 1000 people were safely able to stop and enjoy the music over the course of the 3 hour long travelling waterway performances.
Music therapy will play a key role in aiding in the recovery from the negative mental health effects of Covid-19 for both residents and staff in our seniors’ communities. Through AMP4Life, the Bobcaygeon Relief Fund has been able provide the first three months of music therapy but your help is needed to sustain and expand the program. To find out more about the program, please go here.
To donate to the Bobcaygeon program, please click this link and select
“AMP4Life - Bobcaygeon” from the drop down menu.
Please help us provide the positive power of music as a healing focus for the residents and staff of our local senior’s residences.
Submitted by local AMP4Life volunteer, Ann Adare, who can be contacted at 905-315-0557