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Al Pearce 2021 Inspirational Calendar

Al Pearce 2021 Inspirational Calendar

For 30 years, Al Pearce worked as a social worker, helping those who found themselves in difficult life circumstances.  In 2018, however, he was diagnosed with Lewy Body Dementia.  Suddenly he was the one who needed help, with his wife Pat thrust into the role of full-time caregiver. For Al, simple things like expressing his thoughts and emotions soon became a frustrating challenge, and Pat struggled to maintain her own health while providing around-the-clock care.  But just as COVID-19 hit, shutting down vital support services and making matters worse, Al discovered a new way he could help others. Al began making art – vividly coloured pages with often inspirational phrases – that soon filled the Pearce living room. His work raised the spirits of everyone who passed by and, as word spread, CTV soon showcased his prolific and growing portfolio on the Sawatsky Sign-Off. This calendar features 12 of Al’s latest creations, and is another way Al has found to help others.  All proceeds will go to Eldercare Foundation to support care at the Piercy Respite Hotel – a vital service that helps dozens of families like Al and Pat each year, providing temporary care to elders and much-needed breaks to their family caregivers.

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