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Student volunteers' artwork celebrated at HSC

One of the six murals unveiled at Health Sciences Centre in the tunnels linking the Tecumseh parkade to the hospital.

Winnipeg Health Region
Published Wednesday, April 13, 2011

In honour of National Volunteer Week, six original mural paintings were officially unveiled today at Health Sciences Centre (HSC). 

As the first phase of a new and innovative partnership, the murals were painted by local high school students and are displayed in the tunnels connecting the Tecumseh Parkade to the hospital.

HSC Volunteer Services Manager Colleen Watts invited local schools to volunteer at HSC in a different way, by approaching art teachers and asking them to engage their students in painting these colourful murals.

“Involving volunteers is one of the most direct methods of citizen participation within an institution, and an excellent way for our community partners to help make our campus more welcoming.” said Watts.

The murals, created by students from Elmwood High School, St. John’s High School, Ndinawe Youth Transitional School (R.B. Russell Vocational School), Children of the Earth School, Argyle Alterative High School and Shaftesbury High School, depict a variety of scenes and images relating to culture and medicine.

Representatives from each school were in attendance and the students proudly displayed their artwork to the guests in attendance, taking time to explain the thoughts and process that went into creating their murals.

“We explored the Aboriginal culture and medical arts,” said Quyen Huynh from Argyle Alternative High School. “It took a couple of months to complete this, but I feel the attention to detail really paid off.”

“Creating art feels awesome and there’s nothing I’d rather do in the world,” said Jessie Canard from Argyle Alternative High School. “I feel like this piece is a big step forward in my art career and I’m glad I was able to share my thoughts and my artwork with others.”

“We were so pleased with the quality of work we received from these students, and we plan to engage more schools in the second phase of this project,” said Watts.

The students were proud that they were able to do this artwork for HSC.

“I feel fantastic about volunteering at HSC and hopefully my work brings a little cheer to someone’s day,” said Huynh. “Giving back to my community means a lot to me.”

National Volunteer Week takes place from April 10 to 16, 2011, and is an opportunity to recognize all the contributions volunteers make in their communities. Over the past year, 1,170 active volunteers, ranging in age from 14 to 89, provided 78,790 hours of service to the benefit of patients, families, visitors and staff at HSC.

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