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Sidewalk messages of hope

As a counterweight to COVID-19, Recreation Therapists Tiffany Stahle and Renee Reichert spread some positivity around Burnaby Centre for Mental Health and Additions last week.
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​The pair led a group called Sidewalk Messages of Hope. "We asked clients to draw or write positive messages around the front of the property with sidewalk chalk," said Stahle. "The response was overwhelming! We had more than eight clients participate and various other clients offering their support and solidarity."


The messages ranged from spreading thanks to the nurses and staff, as well as positive quotes and words such as "love" written in various languages.

The clients were outside for one hour, from 4 to 5 p.m. just as a number of staff finished work. "The response of staff after their shift was heartwarming," said Reichert. "The messages drew staff members down from their offices to read them, and it even brought a couple staff to tears."


Clinical Service Manager, Ayesha Sackey, came down to express her support and emphasized that this is a unique program that needs to be captured. "We hope that as the rain washes the messages away, we will have a fresh palette to work with to inspire more hope and unity amongst the clients," said Sackey.

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