Canvas of Hope: An evening of art and inspiration


Parkinson Canada proudly presents “Canvas of Hope,” an inspiring event brought to you by Women for Parkinson’s (WFP). Canvas of Hope goes beyond fundraising; it’s a unique opportunity to unite, network with influential guests, and celebrate the power of art and community. It’s an opportunity to be immersed in creativity as we showcase the remarkable artwork of Canadian artists living with Parkinson’s. 

WFP is a dynamic national network of influential women established in 2022. This initiative is dedicated to raising awareness and funds for Parkinson’s research, guided by prominent female leaders who engage extensive networks to support vital research efforts. 

During the event, participants will have the opportunity to learn about the latest innovations in Parkinson’s research from esteemed panellists. These experts include Dr. Susan Fox, Division Director of Neurology at the University Health Network and Sinai Health System, and Kaylena Ehgoetz Martens, a neuroscientist and Assistant Professor at the University of Waterloo. 

The event will include a silent auction with items like a Silver Screening Room Experience at The Norman Jewison Cinema and a round of golf for you and three friends at Bayview Golf and Country Club. You’ll also have the chance to purchase some of the showcased art, showing your support for these talented artists: 

Larissa Kuperman: Larissa’s art, rooted in surrealism and Lithuanian primitive folk art, delves into inner feelings and interactions with the world. Her journey with Parkinson’s inspires her to explore these feelings and interactions as she copes and strives not to give up hope, “Through my painting, I continue to explore the interactions with the world. Having Parkinson’s, my contact with people is limited. I’m coping and struggling, dealing with the constraints of my sickness, keeping myself busy and not giving up hope.” 

Missy Mandel: After her Parkinson’s diagnosis, Missy found solace and purpose in wildlife photography. She connects with nature and captures fleeting moments in the wild, providing a therapeutic escape. “When I’m out in the bush, waiting for wildlife to reveal itself, something magical happens. The anticipation of what I might witness creates a sense of hope and excitement. Time seems to slow down as I patiently wait for that fleeting moment of connection with the natural world. As I stand there, my focus shifts from the burdens of Parkinson’s to the beauty of nature.” 

Gerry Markoff: Gerry’s story is a testament to choosing to live life to the fullest. After his Parkinson’s diagnosis, he pursued nature photography, finding joy, exercise, and mental clarity in capturing the beauty of the world around him. He shares his journey, “I was diagnosed with PD in 2005. This news was devastating to my wife and me. Luckily, we were immediately ushered in to the staff psychologist who gave me a bit of advice. She said there is nothing you can do about the diagnosis, but you can choose how to live. You can give up and let the disease rule, or you can enjoy the time you have left. I chose the latter. I retired early, bought a camera, and became an avid nature photographer.” 

Maurice Gaureau: Maurice, a self-taught artist, discovered his passion for painting following his Parkinson’s diagnosis. His artistic themes range from animals and marinas to oceans and more. Painting became his daily routine, filling his life with joy and purpose. “I’m painting every day using the skills learned from many other artists. The painting was my way of normalizing my days.” 

Canvas of Hope is a special opportunity to connect with these talented artists and see how art can make a difference for people with Parkinson’s. Your support helps us inspire and empower those with Parkinson’s to live better. We want to give a big thank you to the dedicated and passionate WFP Canvas of Hope volunteer committee. Their hard work has been vital in making this event a big success and raising awareness and funds for Parkinson’s research. 

For more information and ticket details, please visit Canvas of Hope, Parkinson Canada’s event page.

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