Sooke residents know her well as the pharmacist at Shoppers Drug Mart. But Rebecca Dunn also fills her days as a mother of two children as well as being a percussionist with the Sooke Philharmonic Orchestra. A percussionist, she explains, adds the rhythm and sparkle element to the music, much like her infectious smile adds to chatting with her. Rebecca’s skills as a musician include playing the piano and harp, but orchestral percussion instruments have taken the lead since she was in Grade 8. Later she played with the University of PEI orchestra. She particularly enjoys the mallet instruments such as the xylophone.
Sooke became Rebecca’s home because, after growing up in Prince Edward Island and then attending Memorial University in Newfoundland, she decided to move to a warmer clime. Upon meeting her future husband at the pharmacy counter one day, she decided to stay in Sooke although she misses her family in PEI. As a busy mother, she certainly has to work at finding practice time, but she revels in playing music, calling it her “me time.” Rebecca’s playing with the Sooke Philharmonic Orchestra contributes to plenty of positive endorphins in concert goers – more than she could ever dispense at the pharmacy.
The Sooke Philharmonic Orchestra Society is profiling its members and musicians.