Ladner show celebrates resilience of the human spirit

Art has the power to heal and bring communities together. It opens discussion about difficult topics, and creates shared meaning and new understanding.

Photography and storytelling are two art forms that have immense power to shape how we see ourselves and transform lives.

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Radina Photography and Alongside You have partnered to produce Celebrating Resilience, a gallery showing combining photography and storytelling to help people celebrate the resilience they have built over time by working through life’s challenges.

The opening reception will take place at Stir Coffee House on Saturday, June 1 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. It is a free event open to anyone.

The pieces will remain at Stir Coffee House for some time and will then be put on display in local businesses.

Celebrating Resilience empowers individuals to share personal stories of struggles, while at the same time helping to reduce stigma. The show explores themes including mental health struggles, chronic illness, chronic pain, overcoming abusive relationships and more.

Alongside You ( and Radina Photography ( want the project to not only raise awareness, but raise funds to provide change in the lives of members of the local community, many of whom struggle with similar issues to those presented in this show.

The goal is to raise $15,000 through corporate and private sponsorships, with all net proceeds going to the Step Forward Program at Alongside You, which subsidizes those needing financial assistance to access services.

“When Radina approached us with the idea for Celebrating Resilience, we jumped at the chance to do it,” said Andrew Neufeld, co-founder and executive director of Alongside You. “We’re excited to partner with Radina to celebrate the resilience in our own backyard, because it’s another way to support the community here in South Delta.

“Resilience involves the body, mind, spirit and relationships, and this show is a way to promote healthy expression in these areas, and build capacity and strength in our community.”

Contact Neufeld at 604-283-7827 or for more information about Celebrating Resilience or show sponsorship.




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