Brooklyn Christmas concert to take place despite ongoing labour dispute

Colin Chisholm
Published on December 16, 2016

With traditional Christmas concerts being cancelled throughout Nova Scotia this year due to a work-to-rule labour action, Brooklyn students have been invited to perform at a special parent-organized concert on Dec. 20, 2016 at the Brooklyn Civic Centre.

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BROOKLYN, N.S. — A group of parents have taken it upon themselves to throw a Christmas concert for their children after their previously scheduled performance was cancelled due to a labour dispute between the Nova Scotia Teachers Union and the provincial government.

The concert will be held at the Brooklyn Civic Centre on Dec. 20 at 6 p.m.

The event will feature performances from students of Brooklyn Elementary School and possibly other students and performers as well.

Denise Myette-Poirier is one of the organizers of the parent-led initiative.

“Our son William is in Grade Primary, and this would have been his first year to have a Christmas concert,” Myette-Poirier said. “He has been so excited singing his songs, and when the concert was cancelled, he was really heartbroken over it.”

Myette-Poirier said this doesn’t have to do with being in favour or against the NSTU or the government. It’s purely for the children to have a Christmas concert.

“There’s no feeling like when you were a kid and being in the auditorium up on the bleachers singing your heart out and seeing your parents so proud of you,” she said. “Those are memories. If you miss them, you don’t get to have them.”

Local businesses have donated supplies and food for the event and local donors took care of the hall rental costs, she said.

“What a phenomenal community we have here; the outpouring of support has been unbelievable,” she said. “There’s an enormous amount of interest in the community and on Facebook.”

A Facebook page has been set up to co-ordinate the event.

There will be no cost to attend the concert but donations will be collected at the door, which will go towards food and other supplies needed to run the event.

Myette-Poirier said any funds left over will go to a charity.