Wednesday, May  11th,  2011

Coptic Centre, Mississauga

Hosted by:  Peel Halton Dufferin Acquired Brain Injury Services

On Wednesday, May 11th, a singular event will take place from 5:00 until 8:00 p.m., at the Coptic Centre in Mississauga – Arts and Entertainment III:  Spring Extravaganza!   Peel Halton Dufferin Acquired Brain Injury Services (PHD ABIS) will present an evening of fine art, crafts, collections and memorabilia, culinary expertise, and performance from instrumental music to group choral, to poetry recital… all the creation of clients – survivors of acquired brain injury (ABI)!

PHD ABIS – funded by the Mississauga Halton and Central West Local Health Integration Networks, and the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care – has been providing programmes and support to survivors of ABI and their families and caregivers in the regions of Peel and Halton (and in the last year… Dufferin) for two decades!

The Arts and Entertainment Extravaganza was born of a recognition of the wonderful fine arts, crafts, poetic and musical gifts to which clients had given expression in the PHD ABIS Day Services programme.  Allied with client interests and passions in areas of media, memorabilia and collectibles – from history to sport to Japanese silk painting! …  the first Extravaganza was born!

In November of 2010, the PHD ABIS Head Office programme space – in the heart of Mississauga – was transformed, before a capacity crowd, to an art salon, performance venue, and Caf? – including client-led fine cuisine demos!  Over twenty clients showcased fine art, collections, and knowledge… climaxing with performances of poetry and music.  On May 11th at the Coptic Centre over forty-five clients will exhibit their talents, skills, and passions, capped by a show of choral, instrumental, band and poets/ spoken word artists – almost twenty performers in number!

Those gifted in creating crafts and works of art have beautiful jewellery and fine art in pencil, charcoal and paint – oil, watercolour and pastels.  Our collectors have begun a voyage through film and music – spotlighting their loves – from horror to science fiction, grunge rock to country and Elvis.  Our sports fans have decades of Trophy and Cup-winning games and playoffs, and the insights gained.  Our historians have interests ranging from the Olympics in the 20th century, to World Wars told through stamp collections!   And our ‘artists of the kitchen’…

A&E III is an event unlike any other…  giving voice to a population without venue, and spectacle to passions and skills often unseen.   The credo of this year’s A&E – “Aspire To Go Higher” – will be front and centre in this showcase of ‘talents, arts and passion’.  Join us in the celebration…

For further information,  please contact:         Al  McMullan, Director of Operations

905.949.4411 X242 [email protected]