Photo by Simon Lunn Photography

Smiths Falls’ Shout Sister! choir is making a “joyful noise” for the Peer Support Program at Lanark County Mental Health. Linda Grenier directs as the choir continues Shout Sister’s tradition of giving back to the community. We dedicate our annual fundraiser to helping our communities. We are also found throughout the year performing at other fundraisers and at senior’s homes. Our performances are joyful occasions and our audiences respond with delight to our enthusiasm and energy.

The concert takes place at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 11 Church Street West, Smiths Falls, on Wednesday, May 29, 2019. This is an all-ages show. Bring the whole family! Tickets are $10 , and children under 12 years are free. Tickets are available from Choir Members or at the door.

There are 25 Chapters of Shout Sister! Choir in Ontario, and we are constantly growing. Shout Sister! takes an unorthodox approach to choral singing. We do not audition, and we sing a fun variety of music, from pop and Motown, to folk, to a touch of country and blues. We learn from recorded tracks, so we require no reading of music. Our method is fresh and fun, and we are a warm and welcoming community.

The Lanark County Mental Health Peer Supporters are a group of 19 trained volunteers who have used our services, benefitted, and expressed a desire to give back to others. The Peers were trained over six days by the Ontario Peer Development Initiative, the gold standard for training for mental health peer support in Ontario. Peer Supporters provide support to clients of Lanark County Mental Health in the offices and in the community. Some Peers facilitate groups for graduates of LCMH programming. Peers are instrumental in running the Mental Wellness Room, a drop in support for individuals in the community.

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