Heavy equipment operator school lifts heavy hearts with holiday giveaway

This past year has been incredibly challenging for all of us.

From the wildfires and successive atmospheric rivers & floods that have caused catastrophic damage to people’s livestock, land, and homes on the West Coast, to our country finally reckoning with its dark, heartbreaking past treatment of Indigenous peoples, 2021 has not been easy. Not to mention the overarching challenges our communities are still facing as we continue to navigate the Covid-19 pandemic.

But throughout these challenges, we know there’s always hope, a ‘silver lining,’ if you will.

We know that when trouble or crisis strikes, our communities and country come together. We help our neighbours. Whether it’s through time or money, we give whatever we can to help those in need. Of course, we always knew this. But it’s through these times of great difficulty where we really see it in action.

Since it’s now the holiday season, the season of giving, we thought it would be the perfect time to do a giveaway commemorating our community’s caring and generous spirit throughout 2021.

We’re excited to be giving away “Silver Lining”, a beautiful painting by British Columbia-based artist Kimberly Olson.

To enter, please fill out the form below.

The winner will be randomly drawn on Friday, January 7, 2022.

Fill in your details for chance to win “Silver Lining”

Entry Guidelines

  • Enter the giveaway by completing the entry form once. Multiple entries will not increase your chance of winning.
  • No purchase is necessary.
  • There is one prize, which is randomly drawn, and winner will be notified via email and phone. If a response is not received within (14) days from date of draw, a 2nd winner will be drawn.
  • The entry period is from December 10, 2021 to January 6, 2022 with the winner drawn on January 7.
Holiday Giveaway Silver Lining Painting

About “Silver Lining”

Silver Lining, 16” round, acrylic ink, acrylic paint, gallery-quality panel board

Silver Lining is about resilience. The silver line represents both protection and connection; Protection from outside forces that may impact us negatively, and then progressively evolving that line into connection, touching in with a tender heart. Olson believes we can facilitate this connection in many ways; in this case, she found it through the painting process and touching in with her compassion and shared humanity. Alternatively, she believes people may find protection and connection by acknowledging something bigger than us, perhaps Spirit, God, Love, the Land, Universe or whatever name speaks true to the individual. It could be time in nature that nourishes us, or the act of giving, community, family, or eating home-cooked food made with love. This silver lining is what connects us to all things and will support us when we need it.

Silver Lining creator Kimberly Olson

About Kimberly Olson

Kimberly Olson graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Alberta College of Art and Design in 2002 (since renamed Alberta University of the Arts). She works in the creative arts and healing arts spending much of her time learning new things, painting in the studio, caring for people in her Thai Massage or Yoga practice, or wondering the hills out in nature. Her work can be found throughout North America.

In love and friendship, Kimberly would like to respectfully acknowledge the Ktunaxa and Secwépemc peoples, whose beautiful traditional lands she was raised on and where she lives, works, and paints. This love, respect, and acknowledgement extend to the Métis who have chosen this land as home.


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