An Edmonton chaplain shares the power of song with residents

July 8, 2019 Our Stories


As a child growing up in Jamaica, he felt the power of music. Later, he saw it as a way to provide solace and spiritual healing to others.

“My uncle nicknamed me ‘double ugly’ and it was such a traumatic experience for me as an eight-year-old at the time,” says Donville Colquhoun, Chaplain at Centre de Santé Saint-Thomas, a Covenant Care supportive living facility.

“Music became my emotional secure base, and I used it as a tool for reframing the pain of negative emotions,” he says.

Music is a universal language

Since he started as a chaplain last year at the Bonnie Doon seniors’ residence, Donville, 51, has used his guitar, piano and singing skills as a way to connect with residents.


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