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Everyday Hero: Helen Murphy is saving lives in St. John's, N.L. through compassion and music

Everyday Hero: Helen Murphy is saving lives in St. John's, N.L. through compassion and music
From Global News - December 7, 2017

For 10 years, Helen Murphy has directed the Stellas Circle Inclusion Choir, in St. Johns, N.L.

Murphy is a former music teacher whose love of song and social justice is boundless. It only takes a few minutes observing Murphy, organizing her weekly choir practice, to tell shes a unifier.

This choir is special, I suppose because its a non-audition choir. The only pre-requisite is to come and, if you love to sing, or want to sing with people, youre in.

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The choir is an extraordinary collection of people.

Many live on the edges of Newfoundland society. But in the choir, theyre blended with staff from Stellas Circle, the social agency that helps them find homes and jobs.

The organizations employment director, Rob McLennan, says Murphys passion is special.

She believes everyone can sing, and, with some fundamentals around starting together and ending together, she really creates a space where people feel comfortable.

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Guiding the choir means being flexible and the praise for her efforts is profound.

The choir saved my life, said Anne Donovan.

I had some mental health issues, and some addiction issues and once I stood up and embraced those, I just embraced the choir.

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