What's that girl up to now?

In this busy month of November, I and others are preparing for art shows. Earlier in the fall, Jaz Pawa and I approached Alice Gu, gallery manager at Fragrant Wood Gallery, with a proposal for a fundraiser for mental health to raise awareness and benefit The Kettle Society, which offers housing, meals and supports for people with mental health issues. She agreed and we are excited to announce Nature in the City showing Nov 27 to Dec 10 at Fragrant Wood Gallery, at Broadway and Granville. Raymond Chow, Jaz Pawa, Yaho-hanan Fiwchuk, B Hemsworth, Mike Levin, and I are some of the artists to be featured in this group show. Please join us at the opening reception, Thursday Nov 27, 6-8 pm

Also, I am exhibiting at Art Against Stigma 2014, a Kettle show for the Eastside Culture Crawl, November 20 to 23.

Also, work on Design Development continues for the Joseph and Rosalie Segal Family Health Centre at Vancouver General Hospital. Together with the architect, developer, clinicians and in consultation with other mental health consumers and family members, we are now reviewing the themes, colours, millwork and flooring for the project.

Vancouver Coastal Health Community Engagement Advisory Network, CEAN is made up of volunteers who advise on policies and procedures and support innovation in the treatment of patients and clients and their families. I joined this network recently and will attend their Fall Forum.

I am continuing to liaise with the Highs and Lows Choir funded by the Consumer Initiative Fund. If you would like to donate toward the Highs and Lows Choir performances, please call Alaric at 604-714-3771 ext 2255

On another musical note, I was invited to a practice of Opera Pro Cantanti. We sang through Macbeth. This theatre group is a lively bunch. Their next performance of Nabucco is Sunday, November 16th.

At Four Seasons Hotel, I attended a surprise celebration for Lorne Segal who is honoured with the Order of BC. The question in our minds was, "Why didn't he already have this award?" Lorne has done a lot not only in business but aiding people who need a little more help.

Talk to you soon, Sandra