Dec 15, 2018 - A WIYSO string quartet, comprised of Violet Webster, Kathryn Landry, Leo Purich, and Bryanna Pilkington, had the opportunity to give back to the West Island community at the November 30th Holiday Tree decorating contest at the Plaza Pointe-Claire. The event was organized by Partage Action (West Island Community Shares).
Companies were given the opportunity to sponsor a tree that would then be decorated and displayed in the Plaza. Seven corporate teams participated in the Amazing-Race themed competition, using clues to track down their decorations hidden at different shops across the mall. The money that was raised at this event will go towards helping Partage Action with its mission to support the West Island community.
As you may know, Partage Action is a West Island organization whose mission, according to their website, is “to raise crucial funds [for the community] and allocate donations wisely.” Community Shares supports over 40 groups offering various services across the West Island, with the WIYSO being among one of the organizations that so gratefully benefits from their efforts. The funds that are allocated to these community organizations help approximately 65,000 people on the West Island, a majority of which are youth under the age of 25 years old.
The quartet got into the holiday spirit playing movements from Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite, among a number of other holiday tunes, and was even featured on CBC news.
“It was nice to be able to give support to an organization that truly supports our orchestra, and who gives us the opportunity to do what we love so that we can continue sharing our music with the West Island Community,” said Bryanna, she adds “and we got to wear some festive vests!”.