CNN Special: The Person Who Changed My Life Airs On Sunday

I would be hard-pressed to single out one person who changed my life. Maybe I was blessed because I was surrounded by positive, life-changing family members and friends who continually encouraged me in my career. 

That is not to say that I didn’t encounter negative people and experience frustrating roadblocks  in the course of my life. I did. Boy, did I ever!

However, the positive influences outweighed the negative – and I made sure the former was never obliterated or superseded by the latter. 

That being said,  CNN is devoting a two –  hour special PROGRAM focusing on that one special mentor who influenced many of its top news anchors. The show will air on Sunday, Januaru 24th at 8:00 PM. 

I have watched some of the preview segments this week on CNN and I have to say I was surprised with some of the selected mentors. One always expects teachers and family members to be singled out but , in some cases, that one special person in these journalists’ lives was not what one would expect. It was fascinating. Truly fascinating. 

And, it made me realize that everything we say and do can have a profound effect on someone we least expect. So, we better get it right and live our lives with passion and  enthusiasm. One never knows whose life will change as a result of our actions. 

How about you?  Did someone in your life help you realize your dreams or change your life for the better?  Please share in the comments section. 

About Masterclass Lady

Rosanne (Giallonardo) Simunovic began her musical career in Timmins, Ontario. She studied piano with Anne Pizzale and later, at an advanced level, with Soeur Anita Vaugeois (Sister Cecile of Les Soeurs De L’Assomption in Timmins). Her vocal and accompaniment skills were nurtured by her aunt, the late Dorothea Mascioli. When Rosanne graduated from O’Gorman High School, she moved on to the University of Toronto where she continued her piano and vocal studies while attaining a Bachelor of Arts Degree. She was hired as a piano accompanist for several musical companies, most notably, the National Ballet Of Canada. She presently holds an A.R.C.T. Teacher’s Diploma in Voice from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. Rosanne has studied choral conducting with numerous well known Canadian Conductors, including Wayne Riddell of Montreal, Quebec and the internationally renowned Dr. Elmer Iseler. She has been a founding member of numerous community-based arts organizations: the Timmins Arts Council, later known as Arts & Culture Timmins, the Timmins Symphony Orchestra, and, the Timmins Youth Singers…as well as the TYS Alumnus choir, the Timmins Concert Singers. In 1987, she was also selected to be the conductor of the Timmins Board Of Education Choir, comprised of talented students from Grades 5 to 8. In 1988, she was elected to the Board Of Directors of the Ontario Choral Federation (now known as Choirs Ontario), where she served as Chair of the Festivals Committee for six consecutive seasons. In 1996, in honour of the Ontario Choral Federation’s 25th Anniversary, Rosanne was selected as one of 25 recipients of the OCF’s Distinguished Service Award for outstanding contribution to the choral art. The ceremony was presided by Lieutenant Governor, Hal Jackman. In November 1997, Rosanne Simunovic was selected by the Rotary Club Of Timmins to receive the prestigious Paul Harris Award for her years of dedication to the artistic development of young musical talent in Timmins. In August of 2002, Rosanne Simunovic was selected by the Board Of Directors of Choirs Ontario to serve as Conductor of both the Provincial Junior and Teen Choir Camps, now renamed in honour of the Camp Benefactors, Don and Lillian Wright. In November 2002, Rosanne was the one of the recipients of the Commemorative Medal for the Golden Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II, honouring her work in the development of the arts in Timmins. Under Rosanne Simunovic’s direction, the Timmins Youth Singers and the Timmins Concert Singers have been featured in numerous choral festivals and performing opportunities outside of Timmins. In 1985, they were selected to partici

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