Marni Brechin, Dip-Music Therapy, M.T.A.
Capilano University – Diploma, Music Therapy Program (1988);
Accreditation with Canadian Association of Music Therapy (1991)
Populations you specialize with: Older Adults
Personal History: I was born in Ethiopia. My family returned to Canada permanently in 1973 and I spent my growing up years in Ontario. I attended Bible School in Australia, and met my future husband there. I was heading into a teaching degree, when I heard about Music Therapy and decided to come to BC to take the course. I have lived here ever since. My husband and I have three grown children and one totally beautiful granddaughter. We live in the Fraser Valley on a small acreage.
Professional History: I came to BC in 1986 to pursue my Music Therapy Career. Following graduation from Capilano College (now Capilano University), I began working out in the Fraser Valley. I have worked in many facilities and organizations over the 28 years I have been a Music Therapist. Presently, I do contract work in three facilities and also work part time for Fraser Health Authority in a Day Program for Older Adults. I also teach piano part time.
Work Philosophy: Music Therapy call on me to continuously ‘re-invent the wheel’ as I plan and implement programming for those whom I serve. I never tire of seeing the results of the power of music and sharing in people’s journeys. I also enjoy being part of a team. I find it energizing to work alongside other professionals, to share knowledge and skill sets, so the programs we offer are relevant.
Personal Life Philosophy: My work as an extension of my life and faith. In my work with Older Adults, I try to treat people as I would want them to treat my mother or father.
Favourite Quote: “Shall we make a new rule of life from tonight: always try to be a little kinder than is necessary?” J. M. Barrie