Finding her Voice Thanks to Creative Kids
Getting on stage and showing the world your talent is no easy feat. It takes courage and dedication. Thanks to the generosity of our donors, a Saskatoon girl had the chance to let her voice shine in front of an audience as part of a province-wide talent show.
Thirteen-year old Didi didn’t know how awesome she is. She used to feel shy sharing her talents in front of a crowd. Music lessons helped change that. Didi didn’t always have the chance to sing and explore her multiple creative talents, such as playing the keyboard and clarinet. Didi’s mom Angelica is a single mother of four children who is also on longterm disability and that meant finances were tight at home. A few years ago, Didi, came to her mother wanting to participate in more creative activities. “Two weeks after Didi finished her singing and keyboard lessons, she wanted to also learn how to play the clarinet, ‘Mommy, can I have another activity?’ I said that she already had [creative] activities through school, but Didi said she wanted to do more,” says Angelica. “I said, ‘Be patient because we don’t have much money.”
“All I want is for my kids to be happy, confident and doing well. Being involved in music has helped Didi with that…We’re really appreciative of the help of Creative Kids.”
Angelica applied and Didi was approved for Creative Kids funding starting back in 2012. Because of this funding, Didi has had the opportunity to explore and flourish creatively – learning to sing and play instruments. Having the chance to develop her skills along with the tremendous support from her mom, gave Didi enough confidence to showcase her vocal talents to become a finalist in Saskatchewan’s Got Talent. Although she didn’t win the competition, Didi grew from the experience as it helped her come out of her shell. “Didi has developed more confidence,” notes Angelica. “A lot of people from Didi’s church, and friends and family, compliment her on her voice and want her to sing. Didi said to me, ‘But mom I’m shy!’ And I said, “No, you can do it! You are awesome!’ I try to encourage her confidence and not to be shy.”
Angelica says she wants what’s best for her children, for them to develop confidence and become outstanding young adults. “All I want is for my kids to be happy, confident and doing well. Being involved in music has helped Didi with that,” she explains. “We’re really appreciative of the help of Creative Kids. I know because of my situation that’s it’s impossible for me to cover the costs of these activities. Creative Kids has helped a lot for my children –especially for Didi, as I can see she has many talents.”