For all questions regarding membership and daily functioning of the choir please email email@example.com.
For all public relations and scheduling questions please email Sally Titchkosky at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 250-642-3566.
For all fundraising and board-related questions please email Beth Cougler Blom at email@example.com or call 250-686-0036.
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Sooke Community Choir
PO Box 603
Sooke BC V9Z 1H6
As a registered non-profit organization, we are always happy to accept donations to help us cover operating costs, buy new sheet music, sponsor youth, etc. If you are interested in donating to the Sooke Community Choir, please send us an e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Board of Directors:
Beth Cougler Blom, President
I’m originally from Ontario but have called B.C. home for most of my adult life. I was born into a very musical family – my mother was one of 13 children – and they all sang, guided by my tour de force of a grandmother who, of course, played the Mother Superior when my family put on the Sound of Music for the community when I was young. (Later we did the Pirates of Penzance!)
Surprisingly, after growing up singing I spent a lot of my adult life not singing – until I joined this choir. Every week it is a joy for me to come to rehearsal and sing wonderful music, and the people make it even better!
In my daily work I’m an education professional who helps organizations build great online or face-to-face courses. I also support people to learn how to teach in person or online. My little trio of a family includes my husband and our lovely daughter, who don’t really sing (!) but support me in all that I do.
Sylvia Bell, Vice President
I grew up in Scotland but by some quirk of fate now find myself living in Sooke with my husband of over 30 years (marriage – not husband’s age, although he is significantly over 30). I was a school principal in Northeast BC for many years and found the company of students invigorating—and exhausting, so I recently retired. I have three grown children and 7 grandkids. I love to play piano and have recently started playing pickleball. Both I do with great enthusiasm but little talent.
Research tells us that singing in a choir is good for your health – and you’ll live longer. But that’s not why I do it. I do it because it’s fun!
This choir is a friendly group, and truly supportive no matter what your level of singing skill – trust me! And when we hit our harmonies, it will give you chills! At our concerts, you won’t be surprised to see little old ladies clutching their pearls. Who wouldn’t want to be a part of that!
Marj Melville, Daily Treasurer
I have had a very interesting working life as a paramedic, first aid/safety in the shipyards, logging, mills, and construction as well as owning a business. I wanted to make use of my office experience again, therefore offered to help as a daily treasurer. I have done a lot of volunteer work in the past and felt that it was once again time to ‘pay it forward’.
I have a lovely family of 3 daughters, 2 sons, 8 grandchildren, 1 great grandchild, twin brother, sister and spouses. We all enjoy being together and taking part in various activities.
I came from a musical family and enjoyed playing the piano, accordion and dancing. I joined choir to prove to myself that I could sing again and have accepted the challenge. Being involved in the choir has also brought me confidence that I can accomplish what I set out to do and be on task. I am a very social person and enjoy being with the choir and sharing voices, experiences and happiness together. Everyone in the choir is so special. I hope to meet up with you too!
Carol MacDougall, Treasurer
My background is in Bookkeeping and Credit and I have always enjoyed working with numbers. Being able to help out using my skills on a voluntary level has been very satisfying.
I am married to a wonderful man and between us we have 6 sons and two cats….and yes the cats are boys too. We are both motorcycle enthusiasts and love to ride as much as we can.
Joining the choir has been one of the the best things I have ever done for me. I have always enjoyed singing but was always unsure of my talent so singing in a group allows me the freedom to sing as I want to. Being in the choir has also given me a chance take risks and have fun doing it. Looking forward to seeing you all at our rehearsals and concerts.
Sally Titchkosky, Past President and General Manager
Music makes me happy! Singing with a whole room full of wonderful friends is such a great feeling. I’ve enjoyed being the Concert Manager for this choir for many years and then 4 very busy years as President and now General Manager. I love watching the singer’s faces when they come off the stage after a performance – everyone looks so happy. It’s great knowing I had something to do with that kind of joy.
Though I was born in England and have lived many places in Canada, Sooke has been my home since 1988.. I am lucky enough to look out over Sooke Harbour every day and watch the boats and birds, the occasional Orca and maybe the dock sausages (harbour seals). Does it get any better than that?
I’m married with 2 kids and we’ve had fun travelling quite a bit as a family, adventuring around the globe. I work for the school system now, but before that I was a Systems Engineer, a Realtor or was just at home being a mum.
Kirsten Hull, Secretary
I’ve been a member of the Sooke Community Choir on and off for a number of years. I’ve always enjoyed and appreciated music. I was in a school choir as a child, and also played piano and violin briefly. I love singing in the choir because it’s a great way to express myself and it fills my heart.
Career wise, I’ve been a Registered Nurse since 1991. Currently, I work full time as a Public Health Nurse in Sooke, where I’ve been for almost 19 years. I’m married and have a son in 2nd year university and a daughter in grade 12. I grew up mostly on the Island, with some periods away, including 2 years living in Papua New Guinea as a teen and 2 years working as a nurse in Kenya.
I have enjoyed travelling over the years; highlights include hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu and canoeing the Upper Missouri River with my entire family for my parents’ 50th anniversary. I have a huge garden and spend not enough time maintaining it. I love to laugh, spend time with family and friends, and strive to find something beautiful in each day.