The Royal Inland Hospital Foundation and Interior Health on Tuesday unveiled the stained glass wall in the hospital’s Sacred Space sanctuary. Local artist Chuck St. John (third from right) designed the stunning feature, which became a reality through the fundraising efforts of the RIH Foundation.
The work of art, A Moment in Time, is described by St. John as “a visual representation of the moment when lives are changed: births, deaths, marriages, physical and emotional trauma. All these events mark a moment in time when a life, or group of lives, is changed through celebration or healing and recovery.”
The Sacred Space, located on the first floor of RIH, opened in 2010 as part of the hospital’s spiritual health program. The area provides patients, families, staff and physicians with a refuge in times of grieving, transition or celebration. It welcomes all faiths and cultures 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The space is also designed to accommodate First Nations smudging and smoke ceremonies. Also in the photo are RIH Foundation chief executive officer Heidi Coleman (centre at podium) and members of the committee that organized the art work project.
“We are grateful for the contributions donated by our staff to showcase this beautiful representation and to capture the moments in time some individuals may be experiencing while accessing our Sacred Space,” Coleman said.
Added RIH health service administrator Tracey Rannie: “The Sacred Space at RIH contributes to the mental, emotional and spiritual needs of patients, families and staff during their most critical and transitional moments.
“On behalf of Interior Health, I would like to thank Chuck St. John for this beautiful piece of art. I’d also like to thank the Royal Inland Hospital Foundation and their generous donors for their continued support of health care at Royal Inland Hospital.”