September 16, 2017 4:39 pm
Updated: September 16, 2017 5:40 pm

Riverview holds hometown concert for Becca Schofield Day, the teen who inspired acts of kindness

WATCH ABOVE: The community of Riverview held a benefit concert on Becca Schofield Day. Jeremy Keefe reports.


On the day proclaimed by the New Brunswick government as Becca Schofield Day, the town of Riverview, home to the teen who inspired thousands around the world to take part in acts of kindness, hosted a day-long concert in her honour.

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Throughout the day, the Riverview Arts Centre stage saw over a dozen musicians perform for the crowd and the guest-of-honour, Becca.

Co-chair Julie Hopkins said hosting the event is their way of giving back to the girl who’s all about giving.

“It’s such a surreal feeling knowing that you’re part of this and that you’re doing something for someone who did so much,” Hopkins said. “When they say ‘to give is the ultimate gift,’ I have to agree with that.”

“She’s done so much, she’s so selfless,” she said.

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In addition to the performances, kids enjoyed bouncy castles while cake and cupcakes were served to all attendees.

Although the day went off without a hitch, Hopkins said it almost didn’t happen at all.

“I was sitting here in Riverview with a venue and really wanted to put on an event,” she explained. “But we didn’t have an artist so I put it out to the universe.”

That message made its way to Nova Scotia musician Brian Milligan who had been working on a song inspired by Becca and her “Becca Told Me To” movement.

“We wrote a song as a tribute to Becca and once the song was written, we decided we wanted to give it to her on Becca Schofield Day so we had to find a way to do that,” Milligan said. “And by serendipity, one phone call, one person talking to another person, the arts centre provided the facility and [in] less than three weeks, it went from a concept to where we are today.”

Even in such a short amount of time, the community was quick to support an event that celebrated the resident who inspires them every day.

“What better cause than Becca Told Me To?” said Riverview Arts Centre president David Owen. “She told us to and we did it.”

“I love her, the community loves her, New Brunswick loves her,” he said. “And I can say proudly, emphatically, that there are a lot of people in the world that love her, and so why wouldn’t we do it? It’s just a great, great cause.”

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