Friday, November 29, 2013

Ottawa Youville Centre thrilled to receive surprise Christmas gift from The Stairwell Carollers

Photo credit Youville centre, Ottawa
Provincial Choral Champs give back to the Community
written by David Rain   
Nov 26, 2013, For Immediate Release (Ottawa) – When Executive Director Cindy Simpson received the call from Andrea Walton that morning, she was delighted. “What a wonderful surprise,” she said, as Andrea shared the news that her choir, the Stairwell Carollers, had decided to make a special $2,000 Christmas gift to Youville Centre, a registered charity in Ottawa that assists young mothers and their children.

“We are so grateful to you,” Cindy continued, “The moms and babies of Youville thank you.”  

Youville Centre, named after the first Canadian-born saint, Marie-Marguerite d'Youville, has been motivating, educating and nurturing young mothers and their children to become self-sufficient, contributing members of society since 1987.

Photo credit Farris-Manning Photography
When Cindy learned that the Stairwell Carollers have made donations totalling more than $64,000 over the years, she was quite impressed with how much the choir had raised for local charities, and very honoured that Youville Centre would now be joining a long line of grateful recipients.

Winners of the 2013 OMFA provincial competition, the Carollers have great fun raising funds for their donations, and for their scholarships to local high school students pursuing further studies in music.

In addition to concert ticket income, they have for sale 7 professionally produced CDs in a wide variety of styles: sacred music, madrigals, and of course, Christmas carols.

The Stairwell Carollers will make an official presentation of their donation to Youville Centre at their annual Christmas Fundraising Concert: Knox Presbyterian Church, 120 Lisgar St, Saturday December 14 at 7:30pm.

Come hear some great music and help the choir raise funds for their next donations!

Tickets are available at the door for $20, or in advance for $15 ONLINE or from The Leading Note, 370 Elgin St; Compact Music, 206 & 785 1/2 Bank St; Books on Beechwood, 35 Beechwood Ave,

To learn more about Youville Centre, visit

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  1. what a wonderful story! I am sure that money will go a long way.

    1. Thanks for visiting :) I am so lucky that we are able to do this kind of thing! It makes my Christmas unique and meaningful each year.
      Holly :)


You can also email your questions to me - info (at) stairwellcarollers (dot) com.
Holly :)

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