MusiCounts is pleased to honour Gary Slaight with the 2021 MusiCounts Inspired Mind Ambassador Award, presented by the Canadian Scholarship Trust Foundation. The award recognizes an extraordinary individual and their commitment to both music education and the MusiCounts charity.
Through the Slaight Family Foundation, Gary Slaight has contributed over $750,000 over 11 remarkable years. His contributions have helped 54 schools in the Greater Toronto Area and First Nations communities in Ontario purchase instruments and deliver culturally-relevant music programming to thousands of students.
“Playing an instrument and bonding with other kids of a similar age helps build character and nurture creativity,” said Slaight. “Now with issues around the covid-19 pandemic and learning from home, music is more valuable and provides the kids an outlet to express themselves and connect beyond the virtual world. Music helps unlock a new universe for young people, just as it did for me in my early years. To me it’s very important. Music and a knowledge of music brings prosperity and vibrancy to our communities.”
“We are excited to present this award alongside MusiCounts to Gary Slaight. He has shown a tremendous commitment to giving back to the community and providing access to education,” said Peter Lewis, Vice President of CST Foundation. “For 60 years, the Canadian Scholarship Trust Foundation has also been focused on helping to make education possible. We are pleased to acknowledge Gary’s advocacy, which empowers and encourages young Canadians to believe in their dreams.”
To amplify Gary Slaight’s impact, three schools will each be given $10,000 MusiCounts Band Aid Grants in his name. Gary’s contributions will be honoured at the 2021 JUNO Opening Night Awards, May 14, 2021, and he will be awarded a JUNO Award statuette.
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