Being involved in music a "joy" for retired director


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October 18, 2016 8:26 AM

A LONG RUN Is now at an end for Gladys Jack who, after more than 50 years as musical director for Grace United Church, is leaving the job.

After 50 plus years as the musical director for Grace United Church, Gladys Jack has finally decided to close her fallboard.
“My favourite things were the people, the people you work with and always going and enjoying yourself,” said Jack.
“Singing is the most enjoyable pastime you can ever take on, I think, and especially sacred music.”
Her duties as music director were to make sure Grace United Church always had interesting programs for all ages to take part in, to make sure these programs had a leader, and maybe most importantly, make sure everyone was happily involved.
The half century endeavour started innocently enough all those years ago, when organizers at the church were looking for someone to take the lead on the institution’s musical side, and over a phone call with a friend Jack suggested they give it a whirl and she stuck with the position ever since.
Some of the groups and programs she came up with over the ensuing years were the Joy Singers, a group of teenage singers that numbered between 60 and 70 at its peak, as well as the Junior Choir and Grace Choir.
When asked about her fondest memory during her tenure as music director, Jack said it was just simply holding the position and showing up to do her work.
“Just the joy of being involved in the music program, I don’t think I’ve gone a day where I’ve regretted going and rehearsing or trying to keep up with music,” she said. 
In honour of Jack, and to recognize her time in the position, a get-together was held at Grace United Church on Oct. 8 where friends organized a dinner and had performances by the groups she was involved with over the years.
Jack described it as an evening of reminiscing, saying it was a good party and very exciting for her to be a part of.
“It was very humbling, it took a huge amount of work and it was good, I enjoyed the whole evening, that’s for sure,” Jack said.
“There were a lot of people, the hall was full and a lot of people came and shared in the festivities.”
As for what’s next, Jack said she feels a little at loose ends, but is confident she’ll find something to occupy her time.
At 82 years-old she admits she’s not looking to take on a lot of heavy duty stuff, but is looking forward to relaxing and seeing where things lead.

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