Generous Donation by the Palgrave Rotary

The Palgrave Rotary proudly supports The Meaghan Zaremba Music Room for disabled individuals. After learning the funds were short during a month long campaign to raise money for this important community program, the Rotarians went on a mission.

They visited The Meaghan Zaremba Music Room which operates from Tisho's Music Academy and made a $2000 donation to help them towards their $30,000 target. The Palgrave Rotary is appealing to the business community to donate to this worthy cause during the Christmas season.

"Krysta Cadden, Youth Director/President Elect, with Palgrave Rotary extends a challenge to the community on behalf of herself and the Club to support this wonderful program! "It is through the support of the wonderful people and businesses of Caledon that organizations like this can continue. Please consider making a donation this holiday season in lieu of exchanging gifts or on behalf of your employees. Every cent counts!"

Pictured here from left to right are: Mary Balinov, Director of Tisho's Music Academy, Derek Clark Community Director of the Palgrave Rotary, and Elizabeth Rustja, Incoming Youth Director, President Elect Krysta Cadden, Danielle Zaremba and Meaghan Zaremba.

November is Meaghan Zaremba Month in Caledon and We Need Your Help

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 balinov@bellnet.ca. You can also donate to the Meaghan Zaremba Music Room by visiting the GoFundMe page.

Breakfast Television at Meaghan Zaremba Music Room

On February 29, 2016, CityTV's Breakfast Television stopped by The Meaghan Zaremba Music Room to help bring awareness to their mission. To encourage fundraising, Meaghan promised to have her head shaved on live television. Thanks to a collection of generous community sponsors, Meaghan met her goal of raising $15,000 and Live Eye Host, Jennifer Valentyne was on site to document the milestone.

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"Crowded" follows all stages of innovative crowdfunding campaigns that start locally but reach globally.

In episode nine, Crowded features our story: the fight for keeping the music room alive. Watch it below!

Toronto 2015 Pan Am in the Park Cultural Food & Music Festival

On July 16th 2015 at the Albion Hills Conservation Area, The Meaghan Zaremba Music School performed as part of the Toronto 2015 Pan Am in the Park Cultural Food & Music Festival. The event emceed by medal-winning Pan Am athlete Erin Woodley featured The Meaghan Zaremba Music School as part of the Main Stage Line Up.

Toronto 2015 Pan Am Torch Relay

On June 13th 2015, Caledon hosted one leg of a 41-day journey spanning more than 130 Ontario communities to celebrate and share the spirit of the 2015 Toronto Pan Am Games. The Town of Caledon chose Meaghan Zaremba as one of its torch bearers and she was honoured and recognized as an Unsung Hero for overcoming her personal challenges and becoming a leader in the community. Meaghan is a founder and driving force behind The Meaghan Zaremba Music Room, a safe and fun place for mentally and physically challenged individuals to freely express themselves through music and experience its therapeutic benefits. The music room has become a staple in Caledon for inspiring and sponsoring children, and young adults, to participate in music lessons.

3rd Annual Meaghan Zaremba Month

As part of a five-year fundraising campaign to reach a goal of $100,000 for The Meaghan Zaremba Music Room, November 2015 marks the 3rd Annual Meaghan Zaremba Month. This year’s campaign goal is geared towards providing a full-year of private music lessons for two individuals with Down syndrome. To achieve this goal, the 2015 campaign must raise at least $3,000 to finance scholarships for these two very deserving individuals. To donate, please visit the GoFundMe campaign or drop off your donations in person at Tisho's Music Academy.