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Jocelyn Pritchard – Member of the Month

By November 1, 2013 No Comments

2e1ax_default_entry_jocelyn-pritchardJocelyn Pritchard is our randomly selected featured member this month. Having just celebrated a significant birthday by performing a concert with friends in support of a favourite cause, The Townships Project, one could expect her to be sitting back. Not so much. Every day begins with one-half hour each of reading, embroidery, then piano practice. Before breakfast.

Jocelyn feels she was a product of her Minister father and a musical Mother who loved entertaining. The value she places above others is her faith, instilled in her childhood and over a lifetime. She has fond memories of Sunday evenings when Ministers of various churches would gather in their home following the obligatory two Sunday services. Describing herself as musical and curious Jocelyn loved these occasions to better know the people around her: what inspired them and what made them tick.

A few years ago when it seemed every Club draw included her winning something, Jocelyn won a lovely Christmas at Hycroft Raffle prize of catered food and wines for 8. She immediately planned a gathering to include one friend from each of her connections including church and faith community, music, stitchery guild, the Club and more. Confiding some advance trepidation she hoped the group would have something to talk about. No problem! There was much overlap of interest and no shortage of conversation; appreciation for the shared event is long remembered. She feels she is the fortunate one – to have a variety of friends, in many walks of life, who mean a great deal to her.

Following a happy childhood in the Maritimes, then relocation after marriage to Minister husband Blake to a first posting to Strathmore, Alberta, she moved progressively west arriving in Vancouver in 1975. Some of her five children have shared her musical passion: Margot earned BMus in French Horn, Dr Bob is Professor of Theory in the School of Music at UBC; Elizabeth studied bassoon, Barbara is a professional pianist in Halifax, and Edith (DeeDee) sings professionally and manages Spiritus Choir in Calgary. Her ten grandchildren round out a widespread family.

Jocelyn is pleased to have had the opportunity to develop creative ideas and reminisces on the importance of moving on to allow for future growth under successive leadership. She envisioned a ‘Singalong Messiah’ and for two years engaged soloists and musicians to bring it to the community of Canadian Memorial Church and loves that the Vancouver Bach Choir picked up the idea and for many years, with the addition of orchestra, has continued this tradition at the Orpheum. While in Vernon she formed the Okanagan Symphony Choir and passed over direction on departure for Vancouver. In Vancouver she is pleased that Jubilate! choir has grown from the small choir she established and continues enthusiastically. She is presently planning a festival of church choirs and in discussion to form a Centre for Sacred Music. Jocelyn is also looking forward to her upcoming writing course on the Big Island of Hawaii in March. And after that? Who knows…

At the Club Jocelyn has participated regularly in the Performing Arts Committee, Issues Café, and in enjoying social and other events including lunches and dinners with friends. She loves sitting in the Oak Room enjoying the opportunity to chat with members who come and go – to get to know women in a variety of ages and stages. One conviction is that we need to listen to and develop friendships with women younger than ourselves. And she does. Consider this your introduction when you are next at Hycroft.

In closing, her advice to young people is to find a faith that is full of love for yourself and all of humanity and the universe AND to put $5.00 in the bank each month and don’t touch it until you are twenty-one or older.