An Accredited Music Therapist since 1997, Marie Slade specializes in working with the elderly and adults in residential care facilities. She has developed music therapy programs for many of the hospitals and residential care facilities in Greater Victoria. On the Sunshine Coast she provided a home based palliative music therapy program, and worked with adults with dementia, and developmental disabilities. She participated in the Neurologic Music Therapy Institute in Pasedena, CA.
A past board member for the Music Therapy Association of British Columbia, she was the recipient of the Canadian Association for Music Therapy Peer Recognition Award in 2007. In 2016, she participated in research studying the impact of individualized music via iPods on residents with dementia. She is currently Project Lead for Voices in Motion III at Mount St. Mary Hospital, a partnership with the University of Victoria studying the impact of intergenerational choir participation on the health of residents with dementia.