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West Kelowna students give thanks to firefighters through artwork

Fear expressed through art

Visual Arts students at Mount Boucherie Secondary School are showing their thanks.

They have created art pieces with personal messages on the back, expressing their gratitude to members of the West Kelowna Fire Department who helped protect the community from the Mount Law wildfire.

Some of the teens even wrote about how they were afraid to go back to their Glenrosa neighbourhood, worried their homes would be gone.

Others thanked healthcare workers at Kelowna General Hospital who faced demoralizing protests at the start of the school year

Over 250 students, guided by three Art Specialty teachers, chose a medium, style, and subject in which they were confident. They were instructed to create a piece that was a strong personal expression, but also something that someone else would want to have.

A custom-made box holding the artworks was delivered to West Kelowna Fire Rescue and another box went to Kelowna General Hospital. Fire department and hospital employees can browse through the artwork and choose a piece to keep.

"Thank you to the students of MBSS who took the time and put in the effort to express their gratitude and thanks to the West Kelowna Fire Department members for their efforts during the 2021 wildfire season and specifically the Mount Law Fire in Glenrosa," said Chad Gartrell, Assistant Fire Chief for West Kelowna Fire Rescue. "These incredible works of art and kind words are a great reminder when the fires are out, and the smoke has cleared from the valley, that their efforts were appreciated."

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