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May 28, 2009
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Student Artwork Inspired by Foster Families on Display in Premier’s Office

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Premier Robert Ghiz has a vibrant new piece of art to add to the collection hanging outside his office – a student painting that symbolizes the important role foster families play in our One Island Community.

The P.E.I. Federation of Foster Families recently encouraged students of four schools to learn about foster parenting and create art along the theme, Keeping Foster Children and Parents Healthy.

Students of Grades Five and Six of Eastern Kings Consolidated and Grade Four of Glen Stewart created banners which were displayed in their schools, while art students at Stonepark Junior High and Bluefield High School created larger, original pieces.

Yesterday, Stonepark art teacher Sylvie Bertrand presented the Premier with a piece created by her Grade Nine art class, which now hangs in the corridor outside his office. The piece depicts community members of all ages working together to mend a broken heart, encouraging its admirers to “be good to each other.”

Premier Ghiz recently met students to thank them for the gift.

“I’m amazed at the creativity shown by the students who interpreted the foster family theme in such a beautiful and moving way,” said Premier Ghiz. “This piece is a tribute to all of Prince Edward Island’s foster families who offer their hearts and their homes to the children who need it most. I am honoured to hang this artwork in my office for all of our visitors to admire,” Premier Ghiz said.

The second painting, created by Grade 12 Bluefield High School student, Jackie Van der Zwaag with the support of art teacher Glenn Strickey, will be displayed in the offices of the Department of Social Services and Seniors.

The P.E.I. Federation of Foster Families works collaboratively with the Department of Social Services and Seniors to recruit new foster families and work together on issues such as the promotion, support, and professional development of foster families who serve the approximately 300 children in the care of the Director of Child Welfare.

Media Contact: Stefanie Arduini
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