Today I worked with a group of Operation Sock Monkey craftivists to create hummingbirds for a very special cause. Over 5 hours, we created 40 little hummingbirds for the Liz Elliot Memorial Ceremony and Potlatch happening on September 11, 2015 at the SFU Centre for Restorative Justice.
SFU criminologist Liz Elliott, who was a champion of restorative justice, is honored during the raising of a totem totem created by inmates at Ferndale Correctional Institution in Mission. It now stands in the School of Criminology. – source
The hummingbirds created today are gifts for the special ceremony in September.
Huge thank you to Laura and Spruce Harbour Marina for hosting and to my sweet craftivists: Lenore, Lynn, William, Brenda, Laura!
It took me awhile to work out the design but in the end, I chose gloves as opposed to socks and I am really happy with the outcome!
We all had a fabulous time creating them!
Craftivism = healing!
The hummingbird has a deep significance to Liz Elliot, to restorative justice and to all of us today.
You may recall that I spent a beautiful morning with Brenda Morrison and her students teaching a 4th year Criminology class with Laura Mack at SFU on February 23, 2015.
The lovely egg above was a gift from Brenda- made by “lifer” at Ferndale Institute. It features a hummingbird with the word “spirit.”
In October 2014, Brenda gave me a beautiful book from another SFU class: The Flight of the Hummingbird. The theme of the book is the power of taking small steps to achieve a big goal:
“I am doing what I can.” – Dukdukdiya