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A painting of a red bird wearing a red scarf, on a snowy branch by John Strange, a Revera resident.

Holiday Inspiration

Creative touches make it personal
For many people, the holiday season is a highly anticipated time of the year. It’s when friends and families come together to celebrate the end of one year and the beginning of another.

It’s also a time for people’s creativity to shine, as parties are hosted, gifts are given, and cheer is shared. Classic stories are read, old movies are watched, songs are sung. The season is full of nostalgia.
“Art is a powerful tool to make connections with people.”
In the spirit of the season, Revera held a contest for all of our residents living in our Retirement Residences and Long Term Care Homes to produce their own holiday card. We received more than 100 submissions from across the country to be one of the six cards selected as Revera holiday cards. A panel of judges, including members from our friends at the Senior’s Wish Foundation – a program that connects students and older adults through their passion for art—chose the six finalists.

“Art is a powerful tool to make connections with people,” says Paul Elia, founder of Senior’s Wish Foundation. “When you engage the left side of your brain it allows all the memories and emotions from a person’s life to bubble up to the surface. That’s exactly what art does to people.”

Here are the winning submissions:
John Strange, Bow-Crest Long Term Care Home, Calgary AB
Nancy Clarkson, Greenway Retirement Residence, Brampton ON
Norman Hogg, West Oak Village Long Term Care Home, Oakville ON
Marg Kuehl, Fergus Place Retirement Residence, Kitchener ON
Americo Falzago, Harold & Grace Baker Centre Long Term Care Home, Toronto ON
Stephanie Harvey, Portsmouth Retirement Residence, Winnipeg MB