The Sounds of Christmas

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The Sounds of Christmas

The True Meaning of Giving

Dream big. That’s the concept behind The Sounds of Christmas, a heartwarming multi-performer musical celebration for all ages that Nicole Guse produces and performs in to support KidsAbility—an organization that once played an important role her in own family’s life. At a special event held in November, Nicole and her family were awarded the highest recognition possible by KidsAbility Foundation: The Elaine Ormston Outstanding Supporter Butterfly Award.

Each year KidsAbility Foundation recognizes an individual who champions children and youth with special needs. Over the past five years, Guse has raised over $100,000 donating the proceeds from the Sounds of Christmas to KidsAbility. Her inspiration is her son, Joshua. When he was 18 months old, Joshua’s life, and the life of his family, was transformed through the services he received at KidsAbility.

“We first walked through the doors of KidsAbility, when Joshua was only 18 months old. He did not speak and was not passing the milestones for his age, says Guse. “Our family doctor referred us and we were one of the very lucky families that got in before the large wait list began. In our case, it affected Joshua through his hearing and touch. For the next four years, we visited KidsAbility regularly for both Speech and Occupational Therapy. We celebrated many milestones along the way on our journey at KidsAbility. Things that other parents would take for granted, we would celebrate!”

Guse has used the universal language of music and the joy of the festive season to touch the hearts of people, young and old, and to bring them together in support of KidsAbility. She had a dream of giving back to KidsAbility on a grander scale, while at the same time bringing the community together to enjoy the season.

In December 2013, her dream became a reality with the first production of The Sounds of Christmas, a show that features many styles of holiday music from traditional favourites to country to gospel as well as toe-tapping instrumentals and various styles of dance.

Since its inception Guse’s entire family—well known locally and beyond for their award-winning stepdancing and fiddling abilities—have been involved in this magical production lending their skills and talents onstage and behind the scenes. The show, which includes three generations of family members, also consists of eight professional adult performers, a professional four-piece band, their famous award-winning stepdancing and fiddling that they are known for, and a youth cast of 17 young singers and dancers.

“Never in my wildest dreams, when I started this, did I think it would have the huge outpouring of support that it has had. The Sounds of Christmas has become a tradition for many people to kick off their holiday season and that makes me so happy,” says Guse.

Donations raised through our generous community and events like the Sounds of Christmas help to fund new programs, innovation and equipment, and allow KidsAbility to serve an additional 1,000 children and youth with special needs each year.

“We are so grateful for Nicole and her family’s support. Nicole believes strongly in giving back to her community and it’s personal when it comes to KidsAbility. Nicole, Josh and her family are an inspiration to all of us at KidsAbility and we couldn’t be more pleased to recognize their efforts,” says Lisa Talbot, executive director of KidsAbility Foundation.