CMWC Vision Statement
“Strong, connected military wives with a voice.”
CMWC Mission Statement
“Providing a supportive network for women in the Canadian Military Community through music.”
Who We Are
Our goal is to establish choirs on every military base across Canada. The nomadic life of the military family means that it can be difficult to put down roots, make friends, and integrate into the new community with each move. The Canadian Military Wives Choirs are creative, fun-filled ways for women to support each other through difficult times and to celebrate successes and good times – all while singing!
The first Canadian Military Wives Choir began in the fall of 2013 following in the footsteps of the UK Military Wives Choir phenomenon.
The idea to form the choir began in July of 2013 when founding member and now CMWC Ottawa President Sue Palmer moved from the UK to Ottawa after her husband joined the Royal Canadian Air Force. Before moving to Canada Sue had been part of a Military Wives Choir in the UK, a phenomenon that started in 2011 with the hugely successful BBC documentary television series “The Choir: Military Wives” with Gareth Malone. The show was a huge success that resulted in numerous high profile performances and the recording of a single and then an album. There are now around 80 Military Wives Choirs set up across the British Forces network. But Sue is quick to point out that “…through all of that glitz and glamour, I can genuinely say that the most important aspect of being a member of the choir was the friendship and the incredibly strong support network that built up amongst the members, not just within our own choir but in the Military Wives Choir movement as a whole”. It is with this resounding success in mind that Sue wanted to start a choir here in Canada.
The CMWC Ottawa was set up shortly after Sue arrived in Canada. Since then the network has spread from coast to coast with 14 choirs across the country and more on the horizon. The current choirs are located in Comox, Edmonton, Gagetown, Halifax, Greenwood, Kingston, Moose Jaw, North Bay, Ottawa, Petawawa, Trenton, Shilo, Valcartier, and Washington DC.
It is the long-term vision of the CMWC that choirs will continue to set up across the country until a choir exists on every military base in Canada. In this way, as ladies move to a new location, there will be a choir family waiting to welcome them.
Follow the link below to watch the series that started it all!