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Music Therapist Credits Volunteer Experience for Career Choice

by Susan LeMessurier Quinn, Music Therapist, Janeway Children's Health and Rehabilitation Centre
Music TherapistMy name is Susan LeMessurier Quinn and I am an Accredited Music Therapist at the Janeway Children's Health and Rehabilitation Centre.

As a MUN music student, I began my volunteer experience at the Janeway in 1994 under the direction of Maude Peach, providing recreational music programming to patients.
Between 1994 and 1998, I continued this work at the Janeway with further experience at the Grace Hospital and Waterford Hospital.

It was this amazing opportunity meeting patients, families, and staff that encouraged me to pursue my studies in Music Therapy. As a volunteer, the music program provided enjoyment for the children and their families.
I was intrigued by the idea of how music could be used therapeutically to assist patients in achieving their treatment goals. This led me to complete my undergraduate and graduate degrees in Music Therapy in Ontario.
Although I stayed in Ontario for more than ten years to build on my clinical experience, I never forgot my volunteer work in Newfoundland and the idea that if I ever moved back to Newfoundland my goal would be to create a Music Therapy program at the Janeway.
In 2008, my family and I decided to do just that! A phone call was made to Michele Hunt at Volunteer Resources with the idea of implementing a Music Therapy pilot project. Since that time the program has grown from 6 hours a week, to three days a week.
The Music Therapy program services Rehabilitation, Medicine, Surgery, and Psychiatry at the Janeway Children's Health and Rehabilitation Centre.
If it wasn't for the volunteer opportunity and support from staff at the Janeway, this dream may not have become a reality...


Updated Apr 15, 2013