Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Recovery Quilt winner!

Dorothy Gregor, right, is presented with the Schizophrenia Society of Nova Scotia's Recovery Quilt. Ms. Gregor's winning ticket was drawn by Judge Alfred Brien during the Schizophrenia Society of Nova Scotia's 21st Annual Conference on October 1st, 2009. Presenting the Recovery Quilt to Ms. Gregor is Cecilia McRae, president of the Schizophrenia Society of Nova Scotia.

About the Recovery Quilt

The Recovery Quilt depicts life after a diagnosis of mental illness. Picking up the pieces to create something beautiful and functional, yet often different from what we had initially intended.

The Iris represents the individual; and the blades of grass, the support system. Supports include: family, friends, caregivers, co-workers, medical staff, education, skills, jobs, housing, religion, community and various organizations. All help weather the storm; for alone the Iris is vulnerable and frail.

The checkerboard border is suggestive of the journey, and how each move we make has an impact on the outcome.

The gently scalloped edge illustrates that the road to recovery is not always straight, we have to expect some curves along the way.

In 1994, The Schizophrenia Society of Nova Scotia chose the Iris as an emblem for its crusade against mental illness. The Iris’ three petals represent courage, wisdom and hope. The Iris takes its name from the Greek word for “rainbow”.

The Recovery Quilt was hand-made by Cecilia McRae and Roberta Smith. It was hand-quilted by the Merigomish Presbyterian Church Guild in 2009.

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