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Recovery through recreation

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Sitting side-by-side they supported each other and celebrated their unique selves while on the canvas, in strokes of bright colours, their creativity took shape. 

But the true significance of the day was not the piece of art they took home. It was what they learned about themselves. 

"Live your best life," was Kim's inspiring message to participants. "Know that you don't have to be good at art, you just have to be open to trying something new."—Kim Start

Paint day staff
Photo above: Recreation therapists at Parkwood Institute's Mental Health Care program.
 
A paint day at Parkwood Institute’s Mental Health Care Building brought together 33 patients to engage in meaningful activity that focused on creative expression through art. Each produced their own painting but the camaraderie and sense of accomplishment was shared.
 

All photos below on this page: Patients in Parkwood Institute’s Mental Health Care Program engaged in meaningful activity that focused on creative expression through art.
 
In mental health care, therapeutic recreation promotes leisure and well-being through recovery based programs that encourage patients to take part in activities that are meaningful to them. It also provides opportunities for patients to explore activities they may have never experienced before and discover talents and interests they didn’t know they had. 
 
Kim Start
Kim Start, a local self-taught artist, led the painting session at Parkwood Institute, volunteering both her time and art supplies.
 
At Parkwood Institute, recreation and leisure are recognized as essential to good health – not just physical but mental health as well. Patients are provided with opportunities to explore healthy leisure choices they can then transfer into their day-to-day lives.
 
 
Kim Start, a local self-taught artist from Studio70, facilitated the painting session, volunteering both her time and art supplies. The paint, meanwhile, was generously funded by St. Joseph's Volunteer Services.
 
Kim Start and artists
 
With every journey to recovery a unique one, Kim's art session was an opportunity for individuals to explore that uniqueness and foster creativity. 
 
Paint day
 

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