Erin Benjamin exemplifies the power of music


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Music not only moves us, it brings us together. It opens our minds and helps us engage with the world around us, according to Erin Benjamin, President and CEO of the Canadian Live Music Association and the 2019 recipient of United Way Ottawa’s Ambassador Award.

A photo of Erin Benjamin and her family.

That’s why, after the September 2018 tornadoes damaged many Ottawa communities, Erin decided to use the power of music to help those hit hardest by the disaster.

“[Music] adds a dimension to life that is hard to find,” she said. “It unites us.”

A photo of Samantha Pope

By Samantha Pope
Communications Officer, United Way Ottawa



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