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Anne Murray - Biography

Anne's 'professional life' turns to charities and other commitments

Retired from show business but not from life, Anne says, "I'm finding my way in my retirement."

"I will not sing again in public," she states with conviction. "There is absolutely no chance because I'm retired from show business and that's the end of that part of my life. That work is done, but I will continue with my charitable involvement and other commitments."

To most Canadians, Anne's "commitments" would resemble a full-time job!  

Anne Murray Charity Golf Classic

Supporting Colon Cancer Canada, for example, is particularly near and dear to her heart. While immersed in writing and editing her autobiography, Anne came up for air…and public appearances like the 1st annual Anne Murray Charity Golf Classic in support of Colon Cancer Canada in May 2009. That event attracted 185 golfers and raised $150,000. (For more on Colon Cancer Canada, go to

In May 2010, the 2nd annual Anne Murray Charity Golf Classic raised an astounding $165,000, as well as awareness of the importance of early detection of colorectal cancer. The event was sponsored by Pentax Medical Company, a leader in endoscopic imaging technologies. Adding their star power to the message and fundraising were hockey legend Darryl Sittler, singer/songwriters Jann Arden and Tom Cochrane, and the event's emcee, CTV Olympic host Brian Williams.

"We just had a ball!" Anne beams with obvious satisfaction. "It was a great day with a great vibe. Jann took the stage with the auctioneer on a couple of occasions for the fundraiser that night, and she was her usual outrageous self. She was hilarious!" (The 3rd annual Anne Murray Charity Golf Classic will be held at Angus Glen Golf Club in Markham, Ontario, on Tuesday, May 17, 2011.)

Also in 2009, Anne accepted the invitation to be one of several high-profile board members of the TELUS Atlantic Community Board. She continues that role today. Led by General Rick Hillier, the board allocates funding to innovative programs which involve worthy, non-profit organizations, particularly directed towards youth throughout Atlantic Canada. (For more information, go to

Anne Murray Centre
20 year Anniversary

The Anne Murray Centre in Anne's hometown of Springhill, Nova Scotia, remains another important non-profit association to which she lends her name and financial support. While enjoying most of the summer season at her Nova Scotia cottage, Anne attends anniversary celebrations and other events at the centre that was established to help boost the local economy. Stop in and check out her 2010 contribution: the gorgeous winter-white pantsuit that she wore as a proud Canadian Olympic flagbearer for the 2010 Winter Olympics Opening Ceremonies in Vancouver.

Canada's Walk of Fame

Somewhere on Anne's professional "To-Do" list, she had made a mental note to find time to accept her Canada's Walk of Fame award in person. She had not attended the original presentation ceremony in the event's inaugural year, 1998. The opportunity came in September 2009, when she was invited to host the 12th Annual Walk of Fame Tribute held in Toronto and televised on Global and SLICE. The 2009 inductees included: Blue Rodeo, Kim Cattrall, Tom Cochrane, Dsquared2, Howie Mandel, Robert Munsch, Chantal Petitclerc and Raymond Burr.

A strong supporter of higher education, Anne received an Honorary Doctor of Law degree from the University of Prince Edward Island in May 2009. Her address to the graduates was heartfelt and brief: "Treat everyone with respect, no matter what their religion, size, shape, colour or culture. It's an early lesson from my father that has helped me through life."