Is life worth living? The question weighed on Laurie Gibson. Abused in many ways, she described her life as “scared and dark.” Her counsellor suggested she attend women4women, a drop-in group that met at Westview Christian Fellowship (WCF).
One December 2012 night, Duane Arndt dreamed about a reunion honouring choir director Jake Willms and his wife Rita. After a Facebook post about Arndt’s dream received dozens of response in the first 24 hours, he called Jake’s oldest daughter Lori Willms Neufeld, and a reunion committee was formed. Arndt’s somnolent reverie galvanized Reach Out/Celebration Choir alumni across the country to offer tribute to man who changed the course of many lives one song at a time.