Earlier this spring, Celina wrote a letter to Olivia Lunny
, a Winnipeg musician and songwriter who successfully competed on the television show The Launch
recently. Ms Lunny received Celina's letter, and she was so moved that she reached out to us about arranging a surprise visit. Well, that happened last week!
The grades 3 to 5 classes gathered in the music room last Thursday morning, not knowing what (or who) to expect. As soon as I started talking about a letter sent to a special guest who was here to visit us, out of the corner of my eye I saw Celina's eyes light up, and, when I introduced Ms Lunny, she happily stepped down from the risers to join her by the piano. Ms Lunny then told the students about her personal and professional journey as a musician, leading into a performance of "I Got You" accompanied by Tyler Wagar
. Many students recognized the song from hearing it played by local radio stations.
Students had the opportunity to ask her questions afterwards, as well. Ms Lunny spoke honestly about her love of music, the hard work that led to her success, and making mistakes and learning from them. She also credited others, her family, friends, and fellow artists, for supporting and inspiring her. Most importantly, Ms Lunny encouraged them to dream big and never stop trying to do what they love.
We are grateful to Ms Lunny for taking the time to arrange such a wonderful school visit.
On behalf of Celina, her peers, and her teachers, thank you!