One of the older children in the program has an incredible idea to create a mural that replicates her dream carnival. She first asks me to write down all the children's names that attend our Westmount programs. I promptly provided her with a list. She cuts a large piece of paper from the roll and starts to brainstorm her idea on paper. A couple more children assist her in creating the carnival mural complete with every child playing in it. TW explains to me the process on a day to day basis as she adds a carousel, ferris wheel, bumper cars and even a petting zoo. Wanting to be inclusive she adds several of the adults that spend time in the program onto the mural as well.
The end product is a colourful reflection of creativity collaboration and inclusiveness, it truly is a masterpiece!
Cristy Kuokkanen, SSW