Maylane W.

I was born in Watrous, Saskatchewan, where my father ran the local café on Main Street. Then when I was six years, I started school in Saskatoon when Dad and Mom moved our family here to open one of Saskatoon’s iconic restaurants, The Golden Dragon.

I have sung in school and church choirs, and studied piano completing my Grade 8 certificate (RCMT). During my younger adult years, I was privileged to serve as the pianist for choir and worship services at the Saskatoon Chinese Alliance Church, and then later in the Music Ministry at Avalon Alliance Church.

Although I wanted to study music, I was encouraged to take something “more practical”, so I studied Pharmacy at the University of Saskatchewan. Following graduation, I worked for 10 years in community pharmacies in Regina & Saskatoon.

I have greatly enjoyed home-schooling our four children, as well as volunteering in the church and community, teaching and leading small groups. A few years ago, I joined the choir at St. Paul’s Co-Cathedral where I occasionally substitute as the pianist for Mass. As well, I volunteer as a musician at the Samaritan Place Nursing Home each Friday morning.

Over the last 14 years, I have taken some poetry and songwriting classes. In 2004, I wrote a song for Saskatchewan’s Centennial. “Prairie Spirit” is dedicated to my parents who were immigrants from China, and who worked side-by-side in the restaurant business and raised a family of four.

I am a lover of good literature and all kinds of music that moves the soul, (as in The Joy of Vox), rebounding, and whole-person health.

My husband Chong and I are blessed with four children, three grandchildren and two sons-in-law.