Natasha Lepine sings while Malcolm Gordon plays the guitar for Dunrovin residents and staff on Sunday, May 24. (Sasha Sefter - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)

Musical message of hope in Quesnel

A group of talented young musicians serenaded the residents and staff of Dunrovin on Sunday, May 24

A group of young musicians serenaded the residents and staff of Dunrovin Park Lodge in Quesnel on Sunday, May 24.

The idea to bring together the group of musical friends was devised by Natasha Lepine, who was inspired to share the musical message of hope as she struggles with not being able to spend time with members of her own family due to the CODID-19 pandemic.

“What kind of triggers it is that I can’t see my own grandparents — and I miss them,” said Lepine. “I want to give these seniors something as well because there is only so much you can do as a family member so as somebody that has lots of friends with musical talents I really wanted to get them together and give something that other people might not be able to give.”

The musical group took turns singing and playing various instruments, a set of bagpipes even made an appearance much to the delight of the residents and staff of Dunrovin who watched and listened to the performances from a safe distance. Most of the equipment used by the group was donated to them by Mark Heinzelman the owner of Quesnel Music in order to make the performance possible.

Lepine hopes that this small but meaningful musical gesture she and her friends put together will inspire others in the community to reach out to those who are currently being impacted by social distancing restrictions.

“I hope that it inspires other people to get creative with ideas on how to reach out to the seniors or other people that are affected by covid and not even just people in senior homes but people in other facilities like hospitals or even people isolating in their own homes,” said Lepine. “I just want it to inspire people to look around them and get in touch with their friends and see if they can plan something together to give back, right now compassion is a really big thing that needs to be shown worldwide I think.”

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Dunrovin residents and staff enjoy a musical performance on Sunday, May 24. (Sasha Sefter - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)

A message from the Dunrovin residents and staff to the Quesnel community. (Sasha Sefter - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)

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