June 20, 2009: June 20, 2009

Honouring Sheila Morrison: July 25 Memorial Concert at the Al Whittle Theatre

The Acadia Cinema Cooperative Ltd lost a passionate advocate, volunteer, and patron when Sheila Morrison passed away unexpectedly on April 24, 09. Her many friends and acquaintances throughout the community and beyond have been reeling from the news. The grieving have been provided with an opportunity to support a beloved landmark Sheila affectionately called “the heartbeat of Wolfville”—Acadia Cinema’s Al Whittle Theatre. “In lieu of flowers” her obituary read, donations in Sheila’s memory can be made to the Coop and theatre, an organization “very dear to her heart.” Within days, memorial gifts were coming in from across the country: PEI, Winnipeg, Vancouver, Port Williams, Wolfville … and they continue to arrive.

Sheila truly loved Wolfville and thrived in this community. Our rich local art scene motivated and inspired her and, in turn, her creativity, energy, ideas, and good humour inspired others. Her many contributions and initiatives were helping to make our remarkable town that much richer. She was an active member of the new Cooperative PR Committee and was always willing and able to step up whenever things for the Coop or theatre needed doing.

Her love of cinema and active support for the Fundy Film Society was matched only by her passion for live music. Sheila felt the wealth of talent in our lovely Valley knew no bounds. If it were possible, wherever folks were performing, Sheila would be there, front and centre. She grew to know and love our resident musicians and their music. How appropriate then that her dearest friend and life partner, John Robichaud, has also decided to put on a memorial concert at the Al Whittle, July 25, to honour her memory. The concept has been eagerly welcomed; not only have some of her favourite musicians immediately come on board, they are actually helping to organize the event. It is John’s wish that Sheila’s memory be honoured by having all proceeds from the concert put toward the purchase of audio equipment to support and enhance live music in the theatre. “Sheila understood the magic of live music and the priceless gift it provided to the soul of the listener.” … “What greater honour could be bestowed upon her than to help perpetuate that experience in her name?” says John.

So mark the date on your calendars—July 25 at the Al Whittle Theatre—and let’s remember and celebrate Sheila Morrison with music and laughter—together.