Access to Music Foundation

TELUS helps award $10,000 in new instruments to Queen Alexandra Elementary!


Dec 11


On December 12th, 2011, Queen Alexandra Elementary School received a significant contribution towards their school music education program. Music BC Charitable Foundation and the TELUS Vancouver Community Board have teamed up to present this East Vancouver school with brand new band instruments through the Adopt an Instrument Program.

A $10,000 donation from TELUS, as part of their unique Community Boards funding program, has gone toward buying new flutes, trumpets, saxophones, clarinets, and more for this needy East Vancouver school. Industry partner and sponsor Long & McQuade Musical Instruments has also stepped in to supply instruments at discounted prices to make the donation go even further.

The public cheque presentation took place at Queen Alexandra Elementary School located at 1300 East Broadway, on Monday, December 12th, 2011 at 9:00 AM. In attendance were: TELUS Vancouver Community Board manager Kristina Chang, Long & McQuade Musical Instrument’s Head of Education Mike Cronin, Music BC Charitable Foundation President Elka Yarlowe, Executive Director Bob D’Eith, Director Cal Misener, as well as teacher Rick Lee and about 40 students from Queen Alexandra Elementary.

TELUS reps Kristina Chang and Cal Misener present a cheque for $10,000 to Shawn Cole, Bob D'Eith of the Music BC Charitable Foundation. Also pictured: Queen Alex staff Cheryll Matthews and Rick Lee

The students helped us bring in the musical bounty, which was delivered in a sparkling white TELUS van, courtesy of TELUS Vancouver Community Boards. After unpacking the various instruments and stands, the students all got a chance to try their hand at the new instruments and pick their favorite. Foundation President and past music teacher Elka Yarlowe lead the group in an celebratory try-out of all the new musical gifts.

Recently awarded funds new funds, the Adopt an Instrument program will be expanding its reach and providing instruments to Queen Alexandra’s sister school Grandview Elementary, as well as remote public and band council schools in BC in the near future. Their Adopt an Instrument program aims to put an instrument in the hands of every BC child and has donated over 500 band and string instruments since launching the program in 2007.

To nominate your school for an Adopt an Instrument grant, please contact

About the TELUS Community Boards
TELUS Community Boards are an innovative model for funding youth-focused charities and put decision-making in the hands of local leaders who know their communities best. Eleven TELUS Community Boards are making a positive impact across Canada from coast-to-coast in Victoria, Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Rimouski, Quebec City, Atlantic Canada and the most recently launched board in the Thompson Okanagan region of B.C. Since their inception in 2005, the Community Boards have contributed $30 million to grassroots charitable organizations and supported more than 2,300 community projects. The TELUS Community Boards and the meaningful difference they make significantly contributed to TELUS receiving the Association of Fundraising Professionals 2010 Freeman Philanthropic Services Award for the Most Outstanding Corporation globally. For more information about the TELUS Vancouver Community Board or to apply for funding, visit

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