Photo by Vincenzo D'Alto
by Julie Demers
The progress made by these adults in one year is colossal,
exclaimed graduate student Sonja Boodajee.
Thats probably why they were expressing mixed feelings at the Open
House. The 37 intellectually challenged adults knew it was their last
day of the season, and 17 participants were marking the end of the three-year
program. While they were happy to share their experience with their families
and friends, they didnt want it to stop.
Shelley Snow, the music therapy co-ordinator, made sure everyone had
a chance to express themselves. Every participant feels part of
the group, Boodajee said.
While this workshop was taking place, Elizabeth Anthony, the arts therapy
co-ordinator, was supervising another group using a variety of techniques
with paint and pastels. A drama workshop is also given by the Centre.
After the workshops, everyone rushed to The Hive for a luncheon.
Vosberg, director of the Centre, told the luncheon guests about collaborations
with academic departments.
The Centre has also drawn on community resources in an original way.
Last year, students from Venture High School took part in the Pinocchio
production, working with the intellectually handicapped stars.
After Vosberg had expressed her thanks to the sponsors, staff, researchers,
interns, volunteers and participants, Concordias Vice-Rector (Institutional
Relations) and Secretary-General Marcel Danis took the stage to say that
the Concordia Found-ation would match any monies raised by the Centre
until Dec. 31, 2003, an announcement that was received with shouts of
The Centre is staging a benefit concert called I Can, with jazz singers and dancers and emceed by CJAD morning man Andrew Carter, at the Oscar Peterson Concert Hall on June 5 at 7:30 p.m. General admission, $30. Tickets available at Admissions, 790-1245, www.admission.com, or the OPCH box office, 848-4848.