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Lawn native to sing at Invictus Games with military choir

Mercedes Dumoulin with Vimy, the Invictus Games mascot, during the Invictus Flag Tour at 14 Wing Greenwood, NS.
Mercedes Dumoulin with Vimy, the Invictus Games mascot, during the Invictus Flag Tour at 14 Wing Greenwood, NS.

Mercedes Dumoulin, formerly of Lawn, will experience an opportunity of a lifetime as she performs with 200 other members of the Canadian Military Wives Choir from across Canada.

The choir will perform during opening ceremonies of the Invictus Games to be held in Toronto Sept. 23.

Dumoulin, who now makes her home in Nova Scotia, will share the stage with many of the biggest names in entertainment, including Alessia Cara, Sarah McLachlan, The Tenors, Mike Myers and Laura Wright.

The Invictus Games is all about servicemen and women who were injured while serving their country. Those injuries are visible or invisible. They come together through the power of sports to compete against many nations.

Over the years being a military spouse/family has made life a little difficult to settle, make friends and integrate into the new community with each move. Canadian Military Wives Choirs are organizations throughout military bases across Canada with a mission to bring women of the military community together through singing.

Coming together in song promotes resilience and creates networks of mutual support, helping them meet this challenging lifestyle with grace. Their ethos is Stronger Together.

“As a young girl, I have always loved music and it has been a strong part of my Newfoundland heritage,” explained Dumoulin.

“Listening to my father sing some of his favorite tunes on the weekends with friends and family were the best memories.”

She added that at a young age, her parents bought her a guitar, which she learned to play during her lunch hour at school as part of a small group.

“Over the years I have played guitar solo or with a group and sang in choir at school, church and community events.”

Dumoulin and her husband John, who has 36-plus years of service, decided to make roots for their family in Nova Scotia. They have two sons who are presently serving the Canadian Military.

When she is not performing, Mercedes works for Canada Post within her community. She is also an active volunteer and a Jill of all trades who likes to create and make things such as quilts, paintings, decorating cakes and building a deck with her husband. Every now and again she takes out the old guitar and strums up a tune with a glass of wine.

“Last spring when I heard about this three-part choir starting up for military spouses and no experience was required – I knew in my heart this was for me. I love to sing and being around others brings me joy,” Dumoulin explained. “We are a new choir and the only Maritime choir to date and are a very successful group.”

She added she is excited to be part of the committee as the past fundraiser chair.

“We reached our goal as a team to attend the Invictus Games Toronto,” she said. “I told our girls we can do this – believe in ourselves and our choir, we can do this together we are strong. This year I was happy to take on event coordinator, and I am looking forward to another fun filled year of singing and whatever comes our way.

“To Invictus we go.”

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