Padre Laverty offered me my first position as a church organist in the Queen's Chapel in the fall of 1977. I had just begun organ studies that summer - fortunately for me he was very positive and patient with his new organist. I played for the Padre for two years until I graduated from the B. Music program at which time I went on to take the position of Director of Music at St. Paul's United Church, Perth where I continue to the present. I enjoyed the Padre's sermons, his choice of hymns, and his encouragement in my early years as a church musician. I remember him seeing the Queen's Choral Ensemble off on our European tour in the spring of 1978, offering us some kind words before we embarked to represent Queen's abroad. I had the privilege, as thousands of Queen's students did, of joining he and his wife for dinner at their home - a wonderful way to be welcomed in to the Queen's community. I thank him for the opportunity he gave me thirty four years ago which has shaped the path I have followed in my career as a musician.
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