Over the past few days, a boarded-up shopfront in Vancouver’s Gastown neighbourhood has been transformed with colourful murals of Canada’s top doctors leading the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
The paintings of Dr. Theresa Tam, Chief Public Health Officer of Canada and Dr. Bonnie Henry, Provincial Health Officer of BC, can be found outside of Kimprints Custom Framing and Gifts at 41 Powell Street.
Surreal #covid19bc sight of the day. Larger-than-life murals of @CPHO_Canada and Dr. Bonnie Henry being painted, on an empty street in a shut-down neighbourhood in boarded-up Vancouver. pic.twitter.com/edo4Yd03oA
— Diamond Isinger (@diamondisinger) March 31, 2020
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Autin explains the owner of Kimprints, Kim Briscoe, got in touch with her and they agreed to collaborate on the project. Austin says Briscoe is currently looking for another artist to work on a mural of Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Provincial Health Officer of Alberta.
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The country’s top doctors have garnered a tremendous wave of support over the past few months, as they continue to work around the clock to provide Canadians with the most up-to-date information about the pandemic.
One of the most unique things about Canada’s response to #COVID19 is how it’s being led mostly by women.
Canada’s Chief Medical Officer, the Deputy PM, and the top doctors for several provinces and cities (Toronto/Vancouver) are all women.
Canadians see them everyday.
— Muhammad Lila (@MuhammadLila) March 28, 2020
Calgary artist Mandy Stobo created three portraits of Canadian public health heroines, which are available on t-shirts, Toronto’s Dr. Eileen de Villa has a social media account dedicated to her scarves, and Dr. Bonnie Henry even has her own fan club.