The Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra (SSO) is moving their office out of the Riversdale neighbourhood, citing safety concerns, months after their director was attacked in broad daylight.
SSO made the announcement in a post on their website Monday penned by executive director Mark Turner.
Turner was stabbed in the eye with the blunt end of a fork on July 31 by a man who walked into the organization’s office on 20th Street West.
A 37-year-old man from Saskatoon was arrested later that day and charged with aggravated assault, mischief, obstructing an officer and possession of hydromorphone.
The public post marked the first time Turner had spoken out since the attack.
“The first thought I had in the moment was that I wouldn’t be able to play piano the same way again,” he wrote on the SSO website.
” My life did not flash before my eyes (no pun intended), and time neither stood still nor flew by.”
The 36-year-old suffered bruising, swelling, fractures and eye complications — but has now made a full recovery.
However, Turner said the psychological effects have scarred him and the attack frightened other members of the SSO.
As a result, he and the SSO Board of Directors have decided to move the orchestra’s office to a space at 602B 51st Street East in November.