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Treasure Boxes


A "Treasure Box" 

The most heart warming creation you'll ever paint


 

The following are excerpts from letters to June McCallum, our co-ordinator for the Treasure Box project, from the Montreal Shriners Hospital:


 

October 16, 2006

On behalf of the patients and the staff of the Department of Adolescent and Child Life Development of the Shriners Hospital, please accept our heartfelt thanks and appreciation for the beautifully hand-crafted treasure boxes created by you and the members or the Montreal Area Decorative Painters.

The hand-painted images on the boxes are enchanting and capture comforting childhood memories.  Kaeden, a three-year old long-term patient, was the first recipient of one of the treasure boxes. He exclaimed, "Is this box really for me? Can I keep it with me and then bring it home?"  Katie, a twelve-year old patient, quickly placed the special mementoes she had already accumulated (snap shots, a Shriners pin, a coloring book, a finger cast, etc.) in her box. She is anxiously looking forward to sharing her special treasures and the beautifully painted box with her friends when she returns home.

"The Loon" treasure box will be involved in a trans-American joumey. Timothy, an eight-year-old patient from Virginia, is frequently hospitalized at the Shriners. He has just sent us a "Flat Stantey". (Jeff Brown conceived the idea of Stanley, squashed by a falling bulletin board, becomes flat and travels in an envelope all around the world collecting special mementoes of his adventures abroad.) Flat Stanley will return to Virginia with your treasure box along with postcards of Montreal and Quebec, Canadian money (including "the loonie"), etc. Your treasure box is part of this fascinating educational experience exploring Canadian history and culture for one of our patients and his classmates in the United States.

Thank-you once again for shining a light in the lives of our children who experience difficult life events associated with hospitalization and chronic illness. Our department takes great pride in teaching and demonstrating to the children how a simple shoebox can be recycled into a beautiful work of art.

Our hospital is extremely grateful and thankful for the generous support of enthusiastic individuals from the Montreal Area Decorative Painters. Our patients are the true recipients of your generosity.

Sincerely

Department of Adolescent and Child Life Development

Ginette Massé
Coordinator

Maria Caruso
Special Education Teacher / Team Leader


 
 
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Want to know what the Flat Stanley Project is all about? Here is a link to the Flat Stanley Literacy Project


 
 

February 14, 2007

On behalf of the Board of Governors, the Administration, the patients and their families, we extend our heartfelt thanks to you and the Montreal Area Decorative Painters for your thoughtful donation of hand-painted "Treasure Boxes". We especially thank the following artists: Francine Roy, Jackie Orchieson, Marilyn Scott and Judy Cordner, for skilfully creating and bringing to life such imaginative concepts and themes expertly depicted on each of the boxes.

The Department of Adolescent and Child Life Development takes great pride in distributing these extraordinary and unique boxes to our long-term patients. The children are excited about placing all the unexpected items and "treasures" they receive during their hospitalization in them. The boxes will forever hold particular memories for each and every one of our children who has the privilege of receiving one of these exclusive boxes.

Our hospital is extremely grateful and thankful for the generous support of enthusiastic individuals such as you. Our patients are the true recipients of your thoughtfulness and creativity.

Sincerely

Department of Adolescent and Child Life Development

Ginette Massé
Coordinator

Maria Caruso
Special Education Teacher / Team Leader


 
 

November 1, 2007

On behalf of the Board of Governors, the Administration, the staff, the children and their parents, we would like to thank the Montreal Area Decorative Painters for the beautifully painted "Treasure Boxes".

Special thanks to you and the following artists: Arlette Larue, Mary D'Abramo, Esther Vinaric, Micheline Duisin and Allison Hayden for creating such wonderful and inspirational memories for our children to treasure always.

The Department of Adolescent and Child Life Development presents the treasure boxes to our children that are hospitalized for extended periods. The children enjoy keeping their special treasures in the boxes you especially conceived for them.

The Shriners Hospital is extremely thankful to you for your unconditional support. The children are the true recipients of your generosity.

Sincerely

Department of Adolescent and Child Life Development

Michèle Pineau
Coordinator

Maria Caruso
Special Education Teacher


 
 

Being in charge of a project sometimes involves handling some special requests. June McCallum, co-ordinator of our Treasoure Box project, had a special rush request lately from Maria Caruso, and came through in grand style:

Maria called one day about a little girl who was in for a long stay at the Shriners and the the Montreal Children's...when they showed her the boxes she was happy with them but she really really wanted a tabby cat. So Maria called and I very very quickly came up with the two tabby cat boxes. The little person ended up taking the two because she couldn't choose between them.


 
 

May 23, 2008

Dear Mrs. McCallum and artists,

On behalf of the Board of Governors, the Administration, the staff, the children and their parents we would like to thank the Montreal Area Decorative Painters for the magnificent assortment of 20 original and creative "Treasure Boxes".

The Department of Adolescent and Child Life Development would especially like to thank the following artists who graciously shared their enormous talents for the benefit of our children: Sandra Baertschi, Ghislaine Bergeron, Nadia Bishay, Val Cole, Mary D' Abramo, Allison Hayden, Annie Kravitz, Johann Law, Gale Numme, Ayn Pidwell, Anne Rivet, Francine Roy, Cheryl Yank, and last but not least you, June McCallum. We also extend our thanks to you, June, for taking time from your busy schedule to make the necessary arrangements to bring the treasure boxes to the hospital.

Your passion for painting clearly shines through each and every Treasure Box you have created. Your inspiring and ingenious interpretations of beloved children's themes, your special attention to details and your choice of colors all contribute to original creations. As we have done in the past, the boxes are offered to our patients who are hospitalized for several weeks. They store their special keepsakes, mementos and photos.

The Shriners Hospital is exceedingly thankful to all the artists who shared their special love and passion for painting in the creation of exclusive Treasure Boxes for our patients. Your unconditional support is noteworthy.

Regards

Department of Adolescent and Child Life Development

Michèle Pineau
Nurse Manager/Department Head

Maria Caruso
Special Education Teacher


 
 

December 9, 2008

Dear Mrs. McCallum,

On behalf of the Board of Governors, the Administration, the staff, the children and their parents we take this opportunity to thank all the artists that belong to the Montreal Area Decorative Painters for creating magnificent "Treasure Boxes" for our children.

Special thanks to you, June, and the following artists who have meticulously created such fantastic works of art: Suzanne Bélair, Hélène Gauvreau, Deborah Goldsmith, Barbara Miller, Nancy Montgomery, Shelagh Mulherin, Anne Rivet, Francine Roy and Jasmine Sirard. Thank you for generating such amazing and stirring creations for the children. The children find it challenging to choose their very favourite from amidst numerous themes and creations. What a wonderful and unique way for the children to store their special treasures!

Special thanks to you, June, for taking the time from your busy schedule to personally deliver the treasure boxes to the hospital. Your efforts are much appreciated.

The Shriners Hospital is grateful to all the artists for your unconditional support. The children are the true recipients of your benevolence.

Sincerely

Department of Adolescent and Child Life Development

Michèle Pineau
Nurse Manager/Department Head

Maria Caruso
Special Education Teacher

 

December 17, 2009

Dear Mrs. McCallum,

On behalf of the Board of Governors, the Administration, the staff, the children and their parents we take this opportunity to thank all the artists from the Montréal Area Decorative Painters for creating such supurb "Treasure Boxes" for our children.

Our heartfelt thanks to the following artists who scrupulously created the boxes:
Anne Rivet, Nancy McDougall, Joyce Parker, Claudine Delaunay, Claire Marquis, Lucie Roy, Ester Vinaric, Bob Pennycook, Mrs. Pennycook, Tracy Moreau, Edith Casey, June McCallum and Sheiagh Mulherin. Your hard work has created very impressive boxes.

The Shriners Hospital is especially grateful to all the contributors for you support, encouragement and for the special attention you pay to the needs of our children. Your generosity enables us to continue to provide qooli1y programs to better meet their needs. Our children benefit by your thoughtfulness.

We take this opportunity to wish you, and all the artists, a very happy holiday season and all the best for the New Year.

Sincerely

Department of Adolescent and Child Life Development

Michèle Pineau
Nurse Manager/Department Head

Maria Caruso
Special Education Teacher


 

Any MADP members can join in.  Please let June know if you are interested.  Her phone number and e-mail address are on our membership list.


 
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