Women in A Mennonite Care Home Help Create a Collaborative Work of Art

There is a beautiful public piece of art along the Peguis Trail in Winnipeg Manitoba created by senior women from the Mennonite Bethania Personal Care Home in collaboration with school-age girls in their community.

The residents at the Mennonite care home teamed up with students from Hampstead Elementary School, Valley Gardens Middle School and Kildonan East Collegiate and together with artist Denise Prefontaine created an intergenerational artwork called Life’s Journey. A plaque at the site describes the mosaic project

I love this photo of the hands of the creators working on their project.  It clearly shows the different ages of the women involved.  This photo is sad too because now during the pandemic the kind of intergenerational cooperation and interaction this project involved would not be possible.

The cocoon and the butterfly in the installation reminded me of something a good friend said recently. “This time of isolation we are experiencing during the pandemic is like being in a cocoon. When it is over, we will all emerge as changed people.”  How will I have changed? How will our world have changed? How will many of our institutions, including the Mennonite Church have changed?

A beautiful sculpture created by senior Mennonite women together with their young neighbours provides lots of food for thought. 

Other posts……….

Knuckleball- Think Mennonite Corner Gas

The Constructed Mennonite

The Wittenbergs by Sarah Klassen



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2 responses to “Women in A Mennonite Care Home Help Create a Collaborative Work of Art

  1. Donald Bacher

    When our children were elementary and pre-school age, we lived in Goshen, Indiana. Monarch butterflies were thick during the summer months. We would walk along the creek not far from our home and look for monarch eggs on the back of milkweed leaves. I made a chicken wire cage and we filled it with milkweed leaves and the leaves with monarch eggs. Over several weeks throughout the summer, the eggs would hatch, the larvae would eat the milkweed and eventually climb the side of the box, attach themselves and basically turn themselves inside out, creating this beautiful kelly green chrysalis. Over the next week or more, the green chrysalis would become darker and blacker, eventually becoming clear. Then the chrysalis would begin to break and the butterfly would emerge. When it emerged, it’s body was very large and the wings shriveled. Over the next few hours, it would pump the fluid from is abdomen into its wings, eventually spreading them and working them back and forth. Sometimes, when the butterflies were at this point, the kids would hold them and let them crawl all over their arms and face. When they were finally ready, they would fly away. It was like watch a new birth. Such a great activity for our children. This artwork, brings back wonderful memories for me and my family.


    • Dear Donald,
      Thank you so much for sharing your story with me. What a wonderful experience for your children. My husband grew up a few miles from Point Pelee, a part of Canada that sticks out into Lake Erie. As a child, he remembers going there and seeing every tree and rock and bush covered with monarchs, millions on their migration journey stopping to rest on the point.
      Thanks for reading my story.


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