PEOPLE: Sarah McLachlan will be in Surrey to launch music school for at-risk youth

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  • Aug. 26, 2015 2:00 p.m.

Sarah McLachlan will be at Surrey Arts Centre on Sept. 22 to launch the Sarah McLachlan School of Music in Surrey.

Mega-selling musician Sarah McLachlan will be at Surrey Arts Centre on Sept. 22 to launch the Sarah McLachlan School of Music in Surrey.

The Vancouver-based school works with at-risk youth “who wouldn’t otherwise have the opportunity to experience how music education can build confidence, creativity, a sense of belonging and community,” according to its executive director, Rob Appleton.


Five young Surrey cadets were part of the “Wings Parade” as graduates of the Comox Cadet Flying Training Centre.

The music-filled ceremony was held in Boundary Bay Airport’s Heritage Hanger on Aug. 14.

In all, 33 air cadets were given their “wings,” including their Transport Canada private pilot licenses.

The Surrey grads are Stephen Walters, Mohammad Khan, Wayne Ng, Jeff Yoon and Matthew Wong.

“Walters received two awards during the parade,” Capt. Selena Tenhoeve, a training support officer, told the Now. “The first is the Doherty Award (#1 in the program). It is presented to the top Power Cadet from Coastal Pacific Aviation (for) outstanding academic results and exceptional flying skills as demonstrated in the flight test. He also received a $2,500 continuing-flying scholarship from the Air Cadet League of Canada to help him further his education and flying skills/hours.”


Meanwhile, Cadet Sergeant Brandon Reid of Surrey was awarded the Lord Strathcona Trust Fund Annual Summer Training Centre Achievement Award. The recognition came after six weeks of training at Vernon Cadet Training Centre.

Reid is a member of 2275 Seaforth Highlanders, Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps in Surrey.

The award is presented to a cadet who has demonstrated outstanding leadership, promoted drill and physical fitness, has exemplary dress and deportment, loyalty and instructional ability.


Surrey preteen Arianna Hunsicker spent part of the summer being a “safety ambassador” for the War Amps.

During the Peach Festival parade in Penticton, she rode the organization’s “mean machines” float to warn kids about the dangers of lawn mowers.

Arianna, 12, was born with part of her left hand missing.

Today, she lives in Cloverdale and delivers the Now newspaper.

“She usually does two to three parades a year, and she has since the age of five,” said Arianna’s mother, Andrea.

“She’s all about spreading the message of safety (as a member of the War Amps Child Amputee program, or CHAMP).”


As some of the province’s forests burn, photographic works by North Delta’s Brian Howell form a timely art exhibit at Winsor Gallery in Vancouver.

Howell’s “Burnt Forests” showcases his large-scale photographs of winter landscapes of forests previously ravaged by fire.

Howell, a former Now staff photographer, spent the past two winters travelling to remote regions to capture the devastation of bent, broken and blackened trees.

“Burnt Forests” is on view until Sept. 5 at Winsor Gallery, 258 East 1st Ave., Vancouver.

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