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Shannon Holms Art Studio

Nurse Darla works at Fraser Health Authority in British Columbia, Canada. She is helping patients during the time of the Covid 19 pandemic.

Sargun works as a respiratory therapist in the Fraser Health Authority in British Columbia. Thank you Sargun for being a healthcare hero.

Nurse Fiona works in the Fraser Health Authority in British Columbia. Let's clap for Fiona and her colleagues at 7 p.m. each night as they look after our family and friends during the Covid 19 pandemic.

I am a former employee of the B.C. Ministry of Health and am currently working as an artist on a project called: "B.C.'s Healthcare Heroes." I am offering healthcare workers a free copy of a portrait of themselves in exchange for sending me a photo of them working on the job. The concept behind the project is to celebrate and honour the sacrifces that our healthcare workers are making during this unprecedented time of the Covid 19 pandemic.

The last worldwide pandemic was in 1918 and many countries tried to cover it up by placing a media ban on photos and stories about the Spanish flu. Therefore, there are not many photos or stories from that time, so I want to document this important time in history by the people who are giving so much to society today -- our healthcare heroes. I am also interviewing each healthcare worker and will write a short story about their experience during the pandemic.

I am going to paint 20 to 30 portraits and then have an art show in a hospital or gallery once they are completed. I have contacted every health authority, Doctors of BC, the unions and other health associations. Currently, I have approximately 10 photos from the Fraser Health Authority and a few from Island Health. I have offered to paint photos of people on a first come-first served basis.