The community of Caledon comes together every month of November to bring awareness and raise funds for one of their very own – Meaghan Zaremba. After being involved in a serious car accident at the age of five and suffering a severe brain injury, Meaghan took to music as a way to rehabilitate. Her recovery was remarkable and her inspiration to help others with mental and physical disabilities lead to the birth of the Meaghan Zaremba Music Room.
The Meaghan Zaremba Music Room operates out of Tisho’s Music Academy and is a resource for those with mental and physical challenges. It currently supports over 55 special needs individuals and partners with three community organizations and we need your help to keep the room open. Donations are being accepted to help pay for space and to replace aging instruments but most importantly, to set up a scholarship fund to support special needs individuals, like Dawn Janes.
About a year ago, Dawn was introduced to the Meaghan Zaremba Music Room through Brampton Caledon Community Living and was offered a scholarship for private music lessons in addition to her weekly community group visits. Since joining the music room, she has become less withdrawn, more self-confident and willing to try new things. You can often catch her singing and dancing along to the latest tunes.
This November, Caledon’s local businesses will have donation slips at their retail locations so patrons can offer what they can to help more individuals like Meaghan. The Janes’ family is also hosting a raffle this month for a pair of Toronto Maple Leaf tickets, a pair of Barrie Colts tickets, and a mystery prize.
If you are interested in getting involved or learning more about the program, contact Mary Balinov, Director, Tisho’s Music Academy, at 905-951-7416, or [email protected] You can also donate to the Meaghan Zaremba Music Room by visiting the GoFundMe page.