A Magical Moment For Sr. Violette Blais

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Violette Blais, who taught piano to the students of Pensionnat Saint-Nom-de-Marie (PSNM) for 28 years, was delighted to set foot once again on the grounds of École de musique Vincent-d’Indy on April 15. Her presence at the Inter-Student Competition allowed her to experience a more than symbolic return to her roots, in addition to chatting with the guests.

“I loved the teachers and students I worked with all those years,” says Sr. Violette, who had served as music director at PSNM. 

From left to right, we see Mrs. Hélène Garceau’s spouse, Julio Gonzalo, assistant director, Sr. Violette Blais, snjm, and Mélissa Faustin, coordinator of musical projects.

Many memories come back to her, especially meeting with students who often confided in her. Recognizing her great listening skills and her gentle approach, it was not uncommon for her to welcome students who were looking for a sympathetic ear or for help. 

This quality of relationship that she has built with the students has not wavered. Even today, some students and even their parents come to visit her at Maison Jésus-Marie (MJM) or take her out for a meal. “I am really spoiled,” she says. Each evening after supper, Violette visits the Sisters in the infirmary, to simply say hello or to chat with them.

By attending the Inter-Student Competition as a representative of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary (SNJM) for the posthumous tribute to Sr. Marie-Paule Provost, Sr. Violette experienced a great moment of pleasure, as much for her ears as for her heart. She put the bouquet of flowers, that she had received at the piano competition, in the chapel of MJM so as to share them with all her companions living at MJM.

Photo credit: École de musique Vincent-d’Indy and Sr Suzanne Brault