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Individual supported by St.Amant wins Disability Matters: Vote 2016 Creative Lawn Sign Contest

Individual supported by St.Amant wins Disability Matters: Vote 2016 Creative Lawn Sign Contest

Mark, a person supported with Community Day Services, has won first place in the Most Creative category of the Great Disability Matters: Vote 2016 Lawn Sign Re-Purposing Contest hosted by The Arts & Disability Network Manitoba and Disability Matters: Vote 2016.

Mark and his nurse Jackie Macariola produced an eye catching poster which captures Mark’s activities at St.Amant and beyond. Mark posed for photos while engaged in computer tasks, delivering mail for St.Amant, shredding, enjoying crafts and socializing. The central feature of the poster is a colourful, swiveling planet which Mark painted with his mouthstick, proudly showing the essence of his word in the day program.

Below are the list of winners in the contest.

1st Place in Most Creative Category: Mark


Description: The theme to this project is all about my world (Mark’s World). It shows the universe with different planets; where you can see different pictures of me doing specific tasks (i.e – painting, using my computer/dynavox, working (shredding paper and delivering mail at St. Amant), and having fun with friends). In the center of the the universe is a world that (literally) spins and have painted myself. With the help of my nurse, I did this project to show everyone MY world. Not everyone has a chance to witness what I can do and just because I have special needs, it does not m

2nd Place in Most Creative Category: Heather


Description: The DMV2016 was a huge success but now we have to work toward the bigger picture: inclusive community where everyone’s rights are respected. This was just a piece of the puzzle on how to move forward. I used the sign by spray painting it black, cut it into tiles and used them as a puzzle type of art.

3rd Place in Most Creative Category: Heather from The Scrap Came Back


Description: Heather created double sided permanent flowers out of the Disability Matters signs. They can be displayed in a yard or garden with the metal stands. She designed the floral pattern, then had her worker help her cut out the flower and greenery design with an exacto knife. We then used a plastic spray paint to do a base coat of green on the flowers, once that was dry Heather then painted her design on both sides.

Honourable Mention in Most Creative Category: Miranda


Description: In my picture I tried to show all people from all groups and walks of life including disabled people working together through voting to better our lives and make this country even a better place to live for all of us.

1st Place in Most Useful Category: Sherry


Description: Sherry has repurposed the DMV sign to be a letter organizer with key holder. Wrapped in fabric and decorated with her special touch, this wall organizer would be a delight for any kitchen or hallway wall.

2nd Place in Most Useful Category: The Scrap Came Back


Description: We made these cute shelving units/containers out of the Disability Matters signs, toilet paper, tape and modge podge. They’re then painted in fun colours with acrylic paint. They can be displayed as containers for a table top, or as shelving units for the wall.

3rd Place in Most Useful Category: Katrina


Description: Hand-sewn box is perfect for storing magazines, books, files, paper, and just about anything!

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