Almost 14 years ago, St. Paul’s Hospital staff and members of the surrounding community rolled up their sleeves, got out their paintbrushes and helped create an important neighbourhood beautification project at our hospital. The retainer wall mural by the ramp to the emergency department on Avenue P had faded considerably and was in need of restoration. A group of staff, led by Marlessa Wesolowski, Artist in Residence at SPH, decided it was time to do it again! “With the resurgence and rejuvenation of Riversdale and Pleasant Hill neighbourhoods we imagined a new mural that will be an object of art and beauty,” says Wesolowski. “It’s not only for the benefit of St. Paul’s, but for the entire surrounding area.”

Val Holcomb, 5th Medical Unit Clinical Coordinator and Nicole Legebokoff Findlay, 5th Medical Unit Clerk get creative.

Val Holcomb, 5th Medical Unit Clinical Coordinator and Nicole Legebokoff Findlay, 5th Medical Unit Clerk get creative.

St. Paul’s contracted the Saskatoon Community Youth Arts Project (SCYAP) and engaged the community in the conception and production of the new mural, involving youth from schools, young artists, local groups, and businesses. Participants came from W.P. Bate School, Pleasant Hill School, St. Mary’s School, the OASIS program, the Fire Within program, Oskayak High School, the Core Neighbourhood Youth Co-Op and St. Paul’s staff.

Jennifer Burgess, Physio Therapy, brought her family to help.

Jennifer Burgess, Physio Therapy, brought her family to help.

In keeping with the new vision statement of St. Paul’s Hospital, the mural reflects the theme A community of health, hope, and compassion for all.