I am very grateful for the opportunity my art has given me to make contributions in and around my community. The joy I feel from connecting with people really rounds out the often solitary experience of being an artist. When I make a painting that goes out into a larger community, when it can help in the tremendous efforts people go to in order to make the world a better place, this feeling is amplified.
Lake Joe brings the magic of summer camp into the lives of people who are blind or partially sighted.
Here, people with sight loss and their families can enjoy the same summer pursuits as other Canadians: canoeing, kayaking, waterskiing, swimming, sailing and fishing.
As well, campers have access to intensive courses that teach necessary life skills, from cooking to mobility. Lake Joe is a place where a kid can be a kid.
The painting 'Spirit in the Night' was purchased by Pioneer Energy Foundation and donated back to the camp. It still makes me emotional thinking about that act of true generosity. It was a special night.
I am absolutely thrilled and honoured to be a part of the legacy of the CNIB camp and all that they do.
I am already looking forward to next year's event and thinking about all the ways we can get involved. Join me!!
Visit cnib.ca/LakeJoe to learn more about this vital organization.