Kids honour remarkable women in their lives at Sunset Community Centre

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Joe, a second-grader from Sexsmith Elementary School, loves his mom, "because she cleans the floor."
Joey, a second-grader from Sexsmith Elementary School, said he gave the drawing of his mother brown hair, because there was no black.

When Joey, a second-grader who spends his spring break in Sunset Community Centre’s out of school care program, comes home tonight, his mother will be in for a sweet surprise.

Joey is one of 15 children who participated in an arts and community workshop to honour remarkable women at Sunset on Wednesday.

The workshop is a follow up to this year’s Remarkable Women poster series, which highlights women’s contributions to our local food communities. The project, which is in its fourth year, is a partnership between Vancouver Park Board and the City of Vancouver. The posters contain a photograph in a yellow frame, decorated with kitchen paraphernalia and a short biography of the selected women. They are currently touring in community centres, schools and libraries.

Community artist Zee Kesler speaks with Camille, who attends kindergarten at Henderson Elementary, about how to visualize her mom.
Community artist Zee Kesler speaks with Camille, who attends kindergarten at Henderson Elementary, about how to visualize her mom.

Moms’ cooking skills highly appreciated by children

The children were asked to draw a picture of a woman they cherish, and express their feelings about her. And with most of them, it looked like moms were most appreciated for their ability to cook.

“I took my mom, because she cooks for us,” said Regan, a third-grader from John Henderson Elementary School. Her mom, Kristen, is popular with the out of school kids, because she bakes fantastic cookies for potlucks.

Camille, age 5, dedicated this picture to her mother, who is an artist.
Camille, age 5, dedicated this picture to her mother, who is an artist.

Naima, a kindergartner at John Henderson, said “I picked my mom, because she made porridge today.” The little girl and her friends used an arts and crafts collage to draw their mothers.

“A lot of kids here have chosen their moms and say that they’re awesome cooks, awesome artists, those sort of things,” said Zee Kesler, a community artist commissioned by the Park Board to work with the children. Food is important, because “when you’re a kid, you don’t cook for yourself,” said Kesler.

Kids’ Remarkable Women posters will be on display in community centres

Tara Nazemis gave Joey a copy of his poster, which will also be displayed in the community centre and online.
Tara Nazemis gave Joey a copy of his poster, which will also be displayed in the community centre and online.

Tara Nazemi is a program assistant at the Park Board’s art, culture and environment department. She came to Sunset today to scan the children’s drawings into her laptop, so she could create posters that resemble the Remarkable Women posters.

“The kids will keep one copy and we’ll keep one copy and it will go up in the community centre, so everyone can enjoy the posters,” said Nazemi, who added the children’s work will be posted online, as well.

The next workshop will take place on April 13 at Renfrew Community Centre.

Report and photos by Katja De Bock

Watch Simone Pfeiffer’s video report of the workshop at Sunset Community Centre

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