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Day 215: Brilliant Mom’s That Give Part 1 of 5: Sarah McLachlan

Happy Mother’s Day …almost.

Sarah McLachlan

With Mother’s Day just around the corner (May 8th) I wanted to take a week to honour great Mom’s that are doing amazing things to change the world in their own unique way. Being a Mom is the hardest thing I have ever done in my life. It is a 24/7 job and that doesn’t include all the other things Mom’s do in a day to keep the family unit running smoothly. We are head chef, in house cleaning ladies, chauffeurs, soccer players, teachers, accountants and the list goes on. Many of us work  on top of all of this and do so many things to give back to the world. I will be featuring Mom’s that give in many different ways, donations, use their skills and expertise, volunteer or just do what they can on any given day, not only give their families but other important and worthy causes.

I think you will know my first great Mom as she happens to be a celebrity. Her celebrity, her music is what she does for a living but in her heart, she is a Mom first. Sarah McLachlan.

Day 215: Give 215

The Inspration

I was inspired to do a feature on Sarah as I attended her concert on Sunday night. She is a local Vancouverite and lives not far from me. I went to go see my first “Sarah” concert just a year and a half ago. The concert was within walking distance of my house and was a fundraiser for her foundation, The Sarah McLachlan Foundation. She headlined with Sheryl Crow and Neil Young. It was an amazing show that I will remember for years to come. The one thing that I loved about Sarah’s concert besides her music, was her honesty. She talked to the audience like we were sitting in her living room. One specific comment stuck with me. She was preparing to sing her next song and she made a joke that she needed her sheet music as she couldn’t remember the lyrics due to “Mommy Brain”. Now not everyone will get this but if you are a Mom you know how this feels. My son was just 18 months at the time and I was completely suffering from “Mommy Brain.” I still have my days and he’s 3! Somewhere between sleep deprivation and organizing every detail of a child’s day leaves little brain space for much else. You forget everything. I connected with Sarah at that moment in a way that was unique. She may be Sarah McLachlan “super star” but she was also a Mom and she was taking the time in her life to raise money that supports a cause that is near and dear to her heart.

The Sarah McLaughlin Foundation


I have taken a quote directly from the foundation so you can see the great work that is accomplishing with music and children.

“The Sarah McLachlan Foundation sole mandate is to support and expand our music outreach program (SMMO), and to continue to celebrate the achievements of our students. Most kids in inner-city schools do not have access to music education, and many students cannot afford to learn music in an after-school setting. In 2002, The Sarah McLachlan Foundation opened its first free music school, the Sarah McLachlan Music Outreach, reaching youth in the under-served communities of Vancouver.  ”

Sarah has a passion for children and she comments about the impact music had in her life as a child. It inspired her to open a music program that would help children get music in their lives out side of school. We all know the power music can have on us and to give children the opportunity to learn and experience it that may not otherwise have the opportunity is an impact the will ripple through generations to come.

The Giving Doesn’t Stop

If I actually detailed every philanthropic act Sarah has completed this post would be pages long. I won’t even get started on Lilith Fair. Not did she only raise money for great cause along the way but she set a presidence in the music industry for women. She gave women a chance that no one else would. Truly life changing giving.  Wikipedia has a section under her name that is specific to her philanthropic endeavours. The site Look to the Stars: The World of Celebrity Giving, has a complete listing of all the ways Sarah has given back. Millions of dollars and hour and hours of volunteering her time. I was at a small preschool fundaiser last week and Sarah had donated an item to the silent action. Even for a local preschool her daughters do not attend. Sarah may be a “celebrity” and her music has changed and inspired lives around the world, but it is obviously in her heart to give. Thank you Sarah for being a brilliant Mom that gives.

Sarah’s Favourite Charity

I did have a chance to meet Sarah after the concert and I asked her what her favourite charity was. She told me it was Kiva as she liked to support other women around the world by giving them a hand up not a hand out. In honour of Sarah as a Mother,  I have made a loan to Kiva to Julienne Nyinawabo. She is a working single Mom trying to expand her restaurant business in Rwanda. She works long days to make ends meet and needs the loan to make a better life for her and her son. It’s all any of us want for our children.

Time Commitment: 5 minutes

Cost: $25.00

What people are saying about 365give

“I wanted to express my gratitude for the teaching you provided today. Your message was delivered eloquently, compassionately, and without judgment. The kids were engaged, and now have knowledge with which they can change the world. We all appreciated how you took the time to help us learn to build positive mindsets and practice happiness.”
Shelley Gardner, Grade 6 Ridgeview Elementary (West Vancouver)
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