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SongShine Participants

SongShine program now offered in communities across BC

This past May, Parkinson Society British Columbia (PSBC) partnered with the SongShine Foundation to offer instructor training. Individuals with backgrounds in speech, music, health and voice all gathered in Vancouver to learn about music and drama-based vocal therapy methods. These instructors (pictured above) are now bringing their knowledge of SongShine to communities across British Columbia to benefit people whose speech has been compromised by Parkinson's disease, other neurological disorders or aging.

Megan Keene, Sharon Tomczyk and Hugh Yardley are three friends who completed the SongShine certification together and are now introducing the program to Parksville. They have been kind enough to share their inspirations and motivations for participating in this training.

Do you have a personal connection to Parkinson's disease?
Megan: My Grandfather passed away 9 months ago from Parkinson's disease, and I now wish there had been a SongShine program many years ago. I know it would have improved his life in so many ways. To now be able to help others in their journeys with Parkinson's is such a gift, and an honour to my Grandpa.

Sharon: All too frequently I hear of another friend or community member who is facing the life-changing challenge of Parkinson's, stroke, M.S. or similar disease. I have also been witness to the social implications of these diseases, as a friend, and through my work as a paramedic and home support worker. Those with increasing speech and mobility challenges often isolate themselves at home, limiting their connection to a supportive community, as well as the possibility of participating in activities that could help some of their physical symptoms. This is where SongShine has so much to share.

Hugh: I do not have a personal connection to Parkinson's disease, but I have personal experience losing music in my life and how that impacted me as a person. I look forward to bringing music back into people's lives.



Parkinson SuperWalk

Programs like SongShine are made possible through individual and corporate giving, including fundraising initiatives such as Parkinson SuperWalk.

On September 10, 11 and 17, incredible British Columbians in over 20 communities throughout the province will walk together to help ease the burden and find a cure for Parkinson's disease. Funds raised in BC through this event help to provide valuable support services, education and research.

Register or donate today!

Upcoming Events

  • Brian and Spencer's Paddle for Parkinson's: donations accepted until August 31 [read more]
  • Champions for Parkinson's Raffle Draw: sales end June 24 [read more]
  • Regional Conference – Kelowna: Saturday, June 25 [read more]
  • Communication & Swallow – Parksville: Friday, July 22 [read more]
  • Sparwood Golf Tournament: Saturday, July 23, 2016 [read more]
  • Communication & Swallow – Cranbrook: Saturday, August 25 [read more]
  • Dance for PD & Vancouver: September 17 – 18 [read more]
  • World Parkinson Congress 2016: September 20-23, 2016 [read more]
  • An Evening of Kitsch n Sync: [details TBA]
  • Shake, Shake, Shake!: January 27, 2017 [read more]


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