Grand Falls-Wind­sor fam­ily feels beloved mu­sic teacher de­served hon­orary de­gree

Advertiser (Grand Falls) - - News - BY DIANE CROCKER

COR­NER BROOK, NL – In nearly 60 years, Max­ine Stan­ley has taught thou­sands of chil­dren and adults.

And dur­ing that time, the mu­sic teacher from Grand Falls-Wind­sor has en­deared her­self to those stu­dents and their fam­i­lies.

Stan­ley is known for hav­ing an in­clu­sive at­ti­tude when it comes to mu­sic and the arts. No one should be left out in her mind, and she’s taken in many a child who could not af­ford lessons. Giv­ing to the com­mu­nity and shar­ing her pas­sion are two things she firmly be­lieves in.

She said she’s never held and au­di­tion, but has had award-win­ning choirs.

“Some­times when we au­di­tion for a mu­si­cal, the best au­di­tion is not nec­es­sar­ily the best ac­tor or the best mu­si­cian.”

She said any num­ber of things could af­fect that per­for­mance, in­clud­ing be­ing scared.

“And if they’re a re­ally bad singer in the be­gin­ning, you work with them and give them the con­fi­dence. And put them with two good kids and in the end, they sing.

“No one per­son makes a choir.”

With words like that it’s easy to un­der­stand why Stan­ley was se­lected to re­ceive an hon­orary doc­tor of laws de­gree dur­ing the Gren­fell Cam­pus fall con­vo­ca­tion in Cor­ner Brook on Fri­day.

It’s also easy to see why a fam­ily from Grand Fall­sWind­sor nom­i­nated her for the dis­tinc­tion.

Wayne King was a lit­tle over­whelmed af­ter watch­ing the woman he’s known for 40 years re­ceive her hon­orary de­gree.

He said Stan­ley has been an out­stand­ing con­trib­u­tor to cen­tral New­found­land and the prov­ince via mu­sic, and he was sur­prised she had not been rec­og­nized sooner.

“She would be the most de­serv­ing that I would know,” he said

That’s why King and his daugh­ter Joanna King, who now lives in Com­fort Cove, de­cided to some­thing about it by nom­i­nat­ing her.

“Mrs. Stan­ley is an in­clu­sive com­mu­nity leader and cer­tainly she ex­cels in mu­sic and the arts. But above all she is a won­der­ful hu­man be­ing who we be­lieve has gen­uinely in­spired youth, adults of all ages to be­come com­mu­nity lead­ers them­selves, to be­come in­volved and to be a part of the larger com­mu­nity,” said Joanna.

Joanna was once a stu­dent of Stan­ley’s and even though she was tone deaf, she was wel­comed into a mu­si­cal group.

“And she made me feel part of the group. She used mu­sic as a way to build con­fi­dence and I would say spirit in young peo­ple.”

Joanna said her fo­cus was not on the abil­ity.

“Her fo­cus was about the in­di­vid­ual and hav­ing them a part of some­thing larger and hav­ing the con­fi­dence and to feel good about them­selves.”

As for Stan­ley, she said she was grate­ful and hum­bled to be se­lected to re­ceive the hon­orary de­gree.

“Never in my wildest dreams did I think this would hap­pen.”

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