About Us

The Music Room

Since 1999, Meaghan Zaremba has been pursuing her passion for music while overcoming her many medical challenges. With the constant support and guidance of Tisho’s Music Academy in Bolton, Ontario, Meaghan is sharing her love of music to those with physical and mental disabilities.

The Meaghan Zaremba Music Room operates from Tisho’s Music Academy and is focused on providing music lessons to those who struggle with their own life challenges. To date, The Meaghan Zaremba Music Room supports over 55 individuals and partners with three community organizations:

  • SNAPSO (Special Needs Adult Program Services Organization)
  • BCCL (Brampton Caledon Wellness Centre)
  • VITA Community Living

The Meaghan Zaremba Music Room is a resource for those with mental and physical challenges to pursue their passion of music leading to a more confident and creative individual.

The music room is used every Tuesday from 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. by BCCL, and every Friday from 11 a.m – 12 p.m. by VITA Community Living

Team

Meaghan Zaremba

Founder

Danielle Zaremba

Founder

Diana Balinov

Instructor

Tisho Balinov

Instructor

Mary Balinov

Fundraising Coordinator, Administrator

Kristian Balinov

Instructor

Meaghan’s Story

Born on July 20th 1981, Meaghan Marvel Claire Zaremba spent the next five years of her life like every other child. In September of 1986, Meaghan’s life was about to take a turn on the path to extraordinary.

Meaghan sustained severe brain damage and also suffered from a broken jaw, and a broken arm.

The doctors suggested to Meaghan’s mother Danielle to take her off life support; even if she survived these injuries, they said she would never be able to speak or care for herself again. Danielle refused. In her heart she knew that the extraordinary was meant to happen for Meaghan. After an 11-hour surgery at The Hospital for Sick Children , Meaghan remained in serious condition. Another operation was required to remove a portion of her left frontal lobe due to a severe infection. She lay in the hospital for three months in a coma until the extraordinary began – she opened her eyes and set herself on a path of determination that has defined Meaghan since.

Three months later, after countless hours and energy dedicated to speech and physiotherapy, Meaghan with the aid of a walker, walked right out of the Emergency Room shocking even the most experienced neurological doctors of modern medicine.

At age 10, Meaghan was diagnosed with hydrocephalus requiring four more operations to cure her severe headaches.
Meaghan endured a total of 16 brain surgeries, but the determination she had when waking up from her coma never left her spirit.

By age 15, her medical challenges left her no choice but to abandon her dream of completing high school. She was plagued by multiple seizures over the next four years that severely debilitated her entire ride side. By 19, Meaghan underwent two more brain surgeries removing the balance of her left frontal lobe to resolve her paralyzing seizures.

Meaghan endured a total of 16 brain surgeries, but the determination she had when waking up from her coma never left her spirit.

With that determination, Meaghan pursued an interest in music at Tisho’s Music Academy. Music’s therapeutic benefits along with the confidence it instilled in Meaghan proved to be the accelerant that helped her become extraordinary. It has taken 16 years for Meaghan to even dare to have this dream, but it’s that extraordinary determination which led to the birth of The Meaghan Zaremba Music Room.

Official Torch Bearer of the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games

Distinguished Citizen Award 2015 from the Town of Caledon

Honorary Volunteer of the Year Award 2013 from the Caledon Chamber of Commerce

Get Involved

Feel like lending a hand to a good cause? Here's how you can help us.

Donate

The Meaghan Zaremba Music Room needs your help!

The Meaghan Zaremba music room supports over 55 special needs individuals (ranging from mildly to severely disabled) across three community groups by providing them a safe environment where they can express themselves freely through music in a group setting. The music room is well equipped with instruments that suit each individual’s needs along with amazing instructors to help them achieve their potential, at their own pace. The therapeutic effects of music brings an enhanced life experience for these individuals 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, we would like to set up a scholarship fund to support special needs individuals that will benefit from private lessons in addition to their weekly group visits.

Visit our GoFundMe page to donate to The Meaghan Zaremba Music Room and help us reach our campaign goal of $100,000. You can also arrange a personal or corporate donation through Mary Balinov or drop off your donation in person at Tisho's Music Academy. Personal and corporate donations should be made out to “Meaghan Zaremba in trust”.

Volunteer

The Meaghan Zaremba Music Room is open to the entire community and would like to welcome those interested in volunteering their time to assist us in our mission. Get in touch with us and find out how you can help.

Sponsorship