RCMP spreading cheer across the valley

Local Mounties have been spreading ‘merry Christmas cheer to seniors in the community through joyful songs.

  • Dec. 11, 2015 5:00 a.m.

Local Mounties have been spreading ‘merry Christmas cheer to seniors in the community through joyful songs.

The dynamic volunteer group of merry performers, who have dubbed themselves the Kelowna RCMP Christmas Cheer Crew, have made several appearances at Kelowna retirement homes since Nov. 26.

The Kelowna RCMP Christmas Cheer Crew was originally established seven (7) years ago, by a now retired Kelowna Mountie, and has since been adopted and nurtured by Cst. Steve Holmes of Kelowna RCMP Municipal Traffic Services.

The Kelowna RCMP Christmas Cheer Crew ensemble is a rhythmical group of amateur and pro musicians and a euphonious choir, which is comprised of police officers, auxiliary members, civilian staff members, their families and their friends. The cheer crew bonds with the seniors and performs a variety of both classic sing-along Christmas carol favorites, as well as original holiday songs.

It’s seeing the seniors smile and watching them as they connect with some of their happy memories that they have about this time of year, said Cst. Steve Holmes. The classic Christmas carols are familiar to almost everyone, regardles of age. The magic happens when we share this music and that familiarity. When asked why he does this year after year, Cst. Holmes said It’s mostly the memory of my amazing dad, who had music in his heart which he absolutely loved to share with others right up to the last day of his life

This was my first year as part of the Kelowna RCMP Christmas Cheer Crew, says Cst. Jesse O’Donaghey. It’s a genuine honor to be invited into their homes, and an absolute pleasure to be able to perform for and with these truly amazing people in our community, I am already looking forward to singing together again next year.

In 2015 the Kelowna RCMP Christmas Cheer Crew is scheduled to perform in a total of ten (10) Kelowna retirement homes in fourteen (14) days with the final two (2) performances at the Chatsworth and the Three (3) Links Manor on Dec. 10.

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