Keith shared some powerful thoughts in his acceptance speech: “We work with youth who have had the worst possible start in life. As we walk down the street, these are the youth that we easily look away from. They become invisible to us, and, in the process, lose sight of themselves. Through the Art Therapy Program at Covenant House Vancouver, youth can start to explore who they actually are (rather than who they have been told they are) and can begin to hope and believe that their lives can be different than they expected. Through drawing, painting, collaging, sculpting, mask making, photography, or writing, youth can start to feel that they are important, and that their lives can be rich, textured, and meaningful. They can begin to recover from whatever loss, abuse, neglect, trauma, addiction, or mental health issues they have experienced, and see themselves and their futures with hope and pride. Making art with an art therapist is a powerful way for a homeless youth to say, “I am here, and I matter”.”
A huge congratulation to Keith on this award and for his powerful work with our young people and the students of Adler University.