Neurodiversity at it’s Finest!
The Mayday Club Youth Choir for Neurodiversity is a professional children’s choir that was started in 2016 by a UBC student diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome, as a means to combat the stigmas and isolation that individuals who are ‘different’ often encounter.
“I wanted to do a choir / performance team, because having goals to work toward together, and going through nervousness before a performance, then elation and a ‘performer’s high’ afterward, bonds people together in a way that nothing else can – it creates a kind of vulnerability and trust between performers, regardless of their ability to socialize or even speak. I wanted to use that concept to create a group where the members can’t help but develop a special and ‘brotherly’ bond between them. Not to mention how good of an education tool a children’s choir is – there is no greater innocence than children together in song, and I knew that if we present an audience, who knows nothing about autism, with a group of happy singing children (with autism), and then explained to them about autism, they would see their smiling faces and hear their beautiful voices, it would leave an impact on them far greater than any article or speech or class, on diversity and acceptance – and make them more compelled take action to put an end to bullying and exclusion in society.” ~Nicole Provost, Mayday Club Youth Choir Founder and Director
While continuing her university studies and working at a local pizzeria, she spent the year developing the idea, and putting together a team to help make this vision a reality. After just one year, thanks to the hard work of the team, support from the community, and a huge demand for what Mayday Club aims to accomplish, the initiative has evolved into a new, emerging volunteer-run organization dedicated to providing confidence-building opportunities for children, youth, and young adults with social challenges across the province and world-wide.