Saturday, August 13th, 2005 THE NOW, page 12.
HOSPICE ARTS PROGRAM WINS AWARD
-- By Simone Blais
An outreach art program that runs exclusively at Crossroads Inlet
Centre Hospice in Port Moody has received international recognition.
The B.C. Artists in Healthcare Society, a charitable organization
based in Port Coquitlam, has received the award of excellence in the
Blair Sadler International Healing Arts Competition.
The society initiated the first arts in healthcare program in B.C.
at Crossroads Hospice in January, 2004. The program helps patients,
families, staff and visitors have a creative experience as a moment
of respite from end-of-life concerns.
“Our program at Crossroads Inlet Centre Hospice is the first program
of its kind in B.C.,” said Linda Thiessen, president of the society.
“After only a year and a half, we have won international
In addition to the Fraser Health Authority, the City of Port
Coquitlam and RBC Foundation, Thiessen attributed the program’s
success to the volunteer artists-in-residence who work with
patients, staff and families.
The Society’s specific project that garnered them North American
acclaim is the Dragonflies of Hope Community ArtCare Outreach
Project, which was inspired by Crossroads patient Vera Dufault.
The project involved the entire Tri-Cities community during Port
Coquitlam’s annual May Day festivities and has also become the focus
of a community mural design project funded by the city and the RBC
The Blair Sadler Awards ceremony took place in Edmonton, Alberta at
the first international conference of the arts in healthcare in
Canada. Hosted by the Friends of the University Hospital, Capital
Health and Washington, DC’s Society for the Arts in Healthcare, the
conference also included a workshop presented by Thiessen on the
first six steps for building a successful, volunteer-based arts in
healthcare program in Canada.”