Visitors to St. Vincent’s: Brock Fahrni may have noticed large red flowers decorating the elevators one November. Brock Fahrni’s residents had been joined by children from the nearby Djavad Mowafaghian Child Care Centre earlier and together they painted poppies in preparation for Remembrance Day.
Staff from Brock Fahrni’s Artworks Studio distributed paper plates cut in the shape of poppies, plastic aprons, paintbrushes and red paint. In short order the paper plates were covered in red, as were the fingers and aprons of residents and children alike. Some were very focused on their poppies, wanting to make sure that their art was just right. Some were giggling (children and seniors), finding fun in the paint itself. And others seemed more interested in each other, as some of the children glanced shyly at the seniors, and residents asked their young visitors questions. “The kids are a lot of fun!” said one resident.
Funded completely by donations, the poppy painting event is just one of many initiatives that happen in residential care with support from St. Paul’s Greatest Needs Fund.
As the afternoon progressed, wet paint was blow-dried, poppy seeds were triumphantly glued on as finishing touches, and everyone held up their completed artwork with pride.
Asked if he would like to have a photo with his artwork, one resident responded, “What artist wouldn’t! My wife would be proud. I didn’t know what to expect when I decided to come to this event today. Never thought I’d be an artist!”
“Michelangelo!” another resident called out to him, chuckling.
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