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The world needs hope and beauty and music. Now more than ever.

Here at Sorrento Centre, we feel that deeply and when we look at the world around us, we feel compelled to look for and share peace and love and hope. We want to share through nature, through music, through laughter, through prayer and through community. Our rich and abundant flower beds are blooming with tulips and hyacinth, and soon we’ll see rosebuds peeking out as visual reminders of beauty amongst thorns.

Before we know it, as joyful sounds of music and laughter ring out, we’ll begin to see even more hope-filled symbols of peace! Did you know the sunflower is the national flower of Ukraine, and it is long recognized as a symbol of peace? Bright yellow sunflowers are being planted all over our campus by visiting youth, friends and staff of the centre and our valued guests. We want to share these symbols of hope – flowers and music – with you.

We encourage our guests to be gardeners - digging their fingers into the soil, nourishing growth, bringing beauty and joy and grace to our world. Earlier this week, our friends from the South Okanagan Yoga Academy (SOYA) kindly assumed the position of prayer (knees bent, heads down) as they did some gardening. Among other tasks, they were planting sunflower seeds.

We want to share the sunflowers – Sunflowers are the national flower of Ukraine, and a symbol of peace. as they blossom, we will offer the flowers to our guests and our neighbours over the summer and collect donations to support Ukrainian mothers and children. As you may know, mothers and children are being evacuated from Ukraine as the violence of the war carries on. A growing number are arriving in Calgary, and other Canadian cities, often with little more than the clothing on their backs. They are being welcomed with backpacks stuffed with clothing and other useful things, including toys and books.

We are very proud to support these acts of loving-kindness and look forward to sharing this vision with our guests and our community when we see you out and about at various events. 

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