About Bev Foster

Bev Foster BEd, BMus, ARCT, AMus

Bev Foster, Executive Director of the Room 217 Foundation, is an experienced performer, songwriter and music educator whose inspirational music has received numerous awards and nominations. A teacher in both the Ontario school system and her private studio for many years, former executive director of the Ontario Vocal Festival, accompanist for the Orpheus Choir of Toronto, producer of the Room 217 therapeutic music library, Bev has most recently founded the Room 217 Foundation, which is dedicated to music and care. She travels widely to perform and speak to a variety of groups. Bev was published this year in the US journal: Alzheimer's Care Today: Best Practices in Dementia Care. Bev is married to Rob and they have four children: Aimee, Jeremy, Mark and Josee.


Bev travels widely to offer Room 217 Music Care Concerts and Educational Presentations (interactive, educational and motivational presentations) as a plenary, keynote, workshop, inservice and poster presenter at numerous international, national, provincial/state and regional conferences and events. Engagements include:

  • US National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization;
  • US National Gerontological Nursing Association,
  • Westberg Parish Nurses
  • New Jersey End of Life Nursing Education Consortium
  • International Cancer Care Nurses
  • Canadian Association of Psychosocial Oncologists
  • Canadian Alzheimer’s Society
  • Pallium
  • Canadian Hospice Palliative Care
  • Ontario Hospice Palliative Care
  • Long Term Care Manitoba
  • Ontario Long Term Care, Ontario Retirement Communities
  • British Columbia Hospice & Palliative Care
  • Manitoba Hospice & Palliative Care
  • Activity Professionals of Ontario
  • Lethbridge Community College in conjunction with Therapeutic Recreation
  • Middleton (Nova Scotia) Palliative Care
  • various long term care providers