Aboriginal Village, Fort York grounds, Territory of the Mississaugas, New Credit First Nation, July 11 2015

When I embarked on my journey as a  photographer I promised myself to always keep an open mind. This journey has given me the opportunity to see many wonderful events and sights.DSC_0059 DSC_0006 DSC_0004The further I go on my journey I am finding it is the people that make this such a wonderful place. All the glass and steel and glitter of the city is dwarfed by the people within it. People that give of themselves on a daily basis for no other reason but to make a difference and provide hope and love to others in a less fortunate situation in life. I was invited to visit Karen Cowdery and her Love Project.DSC_0003 DSC_0007 DSC_0054 It’s a program that uses art as a healing tool for at risk youths in a shelter in Sutton. Karen and Joanne Pugh will be here during the PanAm games and brought with them a wonderful collection of young artists and their works.DSC_0021 DSC_0010 DSC_0009 It didn’t take long to see the love these artists put into their work. Frances, Shantelle, Cloe Tabitha, it was a pleasure meeting you all and seeing your work. Some of these pieces were the work of Frances Chard, a young Ojibway mom who not only could paint on anything, she can also really sing!DSC_0011 Karen spoke of her attempts to get funding so she can continue this wonderful program. We all have love in us and this project is a wonderful way to create a channel for that love and in so doing allow a very effective opportunity to do some healing in a very human way. DSC_0031 DSC_0024When I had the opportunity to meet and chat with Joanne Pugh my eyes watered when she spoke of her life. As well as her many academic and healing achievements Joanne is a day-to day front line worker at the shelter and her love for people, healing and helping is just awesome!DSC_0055 I feel richer for the experience and wish Karen and Joanne much luck and success in their endeavors. The world needs more people like you and yes there is always room for many more young artists. Please check out Karen Cowdery’s loveproject.ca and Joanne Pugh’s essenceforabundance.com and if you have the chance please come check out this exhibit. The art is incredible I included this pic because it was done by a young man who’s official title for this event is the “Fire Keeper” DSC_0034 The last three I included because the kid was incredible on the drum and in keeping with the dog days of summer, i met this one on the way out, relaxing and taking it all in. Even this bird wanted in on it.DSC_0043 DSC_0066 DSC_0044

As always, Enjoy Toronto!


3 thoughts on “Aboriginal Village, Fort York grounds, Territory of the Mississaugas, New Credit First Nation, July 11 2015

  1. Thank-you for writing this wonderful blog Walter! The pictures turned out awesome as well. I will print a copy and share it with the youth who attended this day at the Pan Am Games. You are a beautiful soul and the world is definately a better place because you are in it. May your days be filled with much love happiness and many blessings! xo


  2. Pingback: Aboriginal Village, Fort York grounds, Territory of the Mississaugas, New Credit First Nation, July 11 2015 | Essenceforabundance's Blog

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