PSYCHOLOGISTS CLAIM colour can influence mood, stirring within us a cocktail
of feelings ranging from sad to happy.
This notion of manipulating positive feelings through colour helped plant the
seed for Home Healing Hues (homeheal
inghues.com), a decorating start-up that
aims to use colour to help people recovering from illness and loss.
Oshawa, Ontario–based interior decorator and Costco member Ann Powell
launched her unique service after learning
that her best friend had developed breast
cancer. Her friend would be convalescing
at home following chemo treatments, and
Powell knew she had to change the
colour of her friend’s family room.
“I didn’t want her to come home and
recover in that red room,” says Powell.
“The energy would bring out more anger,
so we painted it a healing green.”
An interior decorator for 20 years,
Powell would eventually like to do pro
bono work for those who lack the funds
to pay for a professional decorator.
The plane people from “away”
COSTCO MEMBER Dan West and his fellow
passengers were several hours into Delta
Flight 15 from Frankfurt to Atlanta when the
pilot said a warning light had come on and
they needed to land in Gander,
Newfoundland and Labrador.
This was September 11,
2001, and West, who lives in
St. Louis, Missouri, was among
a cabin full of people who had
no idea what had transpired
earlier that morning. He says,
“I was very excited, as our
vacations had taken us to all
50 states, more than 100
countries and all of the
Canadian provinces except Newfoundland.”
His flight was one of 38 planes to land at
the small airport, and passengers were kept
on board for more than 24 hours while officials
searched their bags and belongings.
Once passengers could deplane they were
taken to nearby towns and put up in schools
and anywhere else there was room.
West and his wife, Sylvia, ended up in
Lewisporte, where, West says, “The
little village gave everything and
expected nothing in return. Those
people were absolutely wonderful.”
He adds that locals donated tooth-brushes, towels, medical supplies and
medical attention if needed.
Three days later, when they were
on their way back home, West’s fel-
low passenger Shirley Brooks-Jones got
on the plane’s PA system and asked for dona-
tions to help the students in the area. They
raised $15,000 in pledges and have handed out
OUR DIGITAL EDITIONS
Click here for a song written and
performed by Newfoundlander
Glenn Fudge, with a video by
Dan West. (See page 7 for details.)
JACQUI MYSHKOWSKY and her daughter,
Andrea, are a close-knit mother and daughter. To get through the winter in their hometown of Winnipeg, these two Costco
members keep busy with their shared hobby
Andrea hadn’t thought about knitting
in years when she received an unexpected
Christmas gift from her mom.
“It was a knitting loom for making winter hats,” Andrea explains. “I think she
meant it as a gag gift, but I got on a roll and
made hats for everyone I knew.” Before long,
both of them had picked up their knitting
needles again and were researching new
projects to try.
Just for fun, they decided to display
their woollen wares at a local craft exhibi-
tion. They enjoyed it so much that attending
favourite craft shows and farmers markets
has become an annual tradition. Andrea
describes it as “a chance to talk shop, min-
gle with other creative minds and do some
browsing of our own.”
The pair has also shared the warmth by
donating hats and scarves to local charities,
which distribute holiday hampers to fami-
lies in need. “It feels good to give, so we look
for ways to donate, especially during the
holiday season,” Andrea says.
Nicknaming themselves the J&A
Knitwits, Jacqui and Andrea estimate that
they knit about a hundred hats (and even
more scarves and cowls) every year. “We
continue to discover new patterns and follow the latest knitting trends,” Andrea says.
“The best part, though, is the time it gives
us together.”—Kristi York
US$51,000 in scholarship money since 2002.
Scholarship winners are given $275 that can
be applied to any post-secondary school. The
funds even get a mention in the Broadway
musical Come from Away, which is about the
“plane people” who landed in Gander.
West, who helps raise money for the
scholarships ( tcfapp.org/Donation/FundFree;
enter “Lewisporte” as the fund name), says
students are reminded that the scholarships
are “because of what your parents and
grandparents did. They’re our thank-you to
those people.”—Stephanie E. Ponder
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