For this week’s Friend of the Foundation, we’re delighted to feature the Musical Lives Inc. founder, Ying Jiang! Ying has inspired many with his love and dedication to music in the community. He is such a bright, enthusiastic individual who always brings a smile to our faces with his personality and guitar-playing. Let’s hear more from Ying!

Tell us about yourself! 

I’m the founder of Musical Lives Inc. and Musial Lives Guitar Orchestra. I have recently completed my MA in Community Music Study at Laurier, and I will be graduating in October 2019. I hope to make more differences in our community with music. I’m a music lover and a family man. I enjoy volunteering and also enjoy hiking, biking, kayaking, skating and snowboarding.

Tell us how you are involved with the Cambridge and North Dumfries Community Foundation.

I met Anne and Adriana at Cambridge Mobilization Team meetings. They encouraged me to apply for a CNDCF Community Grant for Musical Lives Guitar Orchestra (with the help from Joe-Ann at Kinbridge Community Association).

What brought you to the Cambridge and North Dumfries Community Foundation?

Applying for a Community Grant for our Musical Lives Guitar Orchestra program and I also got to attend the Foundation’s Mayors’ Luncheon on June 17th, where I volunteered to play music for the event.

What is your favourite thing about the Cambridge and/or North Dumfries Community?

Friendly staff, lovely people!

What are your hopes for the future of our community?

May everyone have access to musicking!

Thanks Ying, for bringing your love of music into the community!