The legacy of pianist, music teacher and organist Helen Davidson was added to, with the dedication of a brand new piano on Thursday at the Tatagwa View long-term centre.
The new piano was dedicated by having a committee member of the Bill and Helen Davidson Foundation, Gail Murray, play it as she accompanied the Variations community choir in a concert for the residents of Tatagwa View, directed by Colleen Weimer.
The choir sang a number of songs from their repertoire, along with a medley of Christmas songs, in the concert held in the cafeteria area of Tatagwa View.
As committee member Cleone Jeffery explained, Helen Davidson left a number of criteria for how funds from their foundation should be used, including that it support young musicians and groups, and that it be used mainly in southeast Saskatchewan.
The Davidson endowment is administered by the South Saskatchewan Community Foundation, which administers funds from several estates and endowment funds in southern Saskatchewan.
Requests for funds from the Davidson Fund can be made by writing to the committee, or by contacting the South Saskatchewan Community Foundation, said Jeffery, who noted a portion of the funds are available for uses approved by the local committee.
Several members of the local committee, along with Cheryl Zankl, interim executive director of the South Sask. Community Foundation, were on hand for the concert and the dedication of the new piano.
“She wanted to make sure the funds stayed in southeast Saskatchewan. She had a list of charities that she supported, and she wanted to support young musicians particularly,” said Jeffery.
The South Sask. Community Foundation is headquartered in Regina, and can be contacted by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone at 306-751-4756.