Clearwater’s Lisalee Campbell, age 11, knocked the socks off the assembled dignitaries when she sang a soulful rendition of O’ Canada to open a ceremony held to name the members of B.C.’s new cabinet.
The event was held Friday afternoon at the Vancouver Trade and Convention centre.
“She was terrific,” said one person who was at the ceremony. “Did her own thing and really owned the moment … strung out the anthem like every pro does.”
Campbell had sung for Christy Clark when the premier visited Clearwater last November. Apparently she made an impression. Early last week a member of the premier’s staff phoned the young singer’s parents and asked if she could perform during Friday’s naming ceremony. The family drove to the Coast on Thursday. Erica’s Emporium in Clearwater provided a blue summer dress for Lisalee to wear for the event.
Lisalee and the other members of the Campbell family planned to sing for patients at Vancouver General Hospital while on the Coast.
They also intend to perform for patients at Dr. Helmcken Memorial Hospital in Clearwater after their return.