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.