McDougall Cottage shares stories of ‘resilience’

The exhibit is a multimedia journey of shared personal stories of resilience and offers resources and strategies to help the community recover from life’s challenges

July 24 is International Self-Care Day, and the McDougall Cottage Historic Site is thrilled to officially open its new exhibit, Resilience: shared stories of strength and survival from 11 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Developed in partnership with members of the Waterloo Region community and the Canadian Mental Health Association Waterloo Wellington (CMHA WW), the exhibit is a multimedia journey of shared personal stories of resilience and offers resources and strategies to help the community recover from life’s challenges.

“The idea for this exhibition has been germinating in my mind for a few years. I contacted the Canadian Mental Health Association and explained what I wanted to do. They suggested resilience and I thought what a fantastic idea,” said Michelle Bartlett, content and experience manager at historic McDougall Cottage.

“We want to have a variety of resources that speak to a variety of people, including Indigenous and LGBTQ2S+ communities so that they have something that speaks specifically to them.

Elasticity also represents the next step in the future direction of McDougall Cottage; explore and embrace new and innovative ways of telling stories.

“We wanted to expand the stories and explore topics that are relevant to our society now. And definitely, multimedia plays into that,” Bartlett said.

Exhibitions at McDougall Cottage normally last about a year.

“Because of all the work that has been done Elasticityand the programming that’s included, we’ll run through the end of 2023,” Bartlett said.

McDougall Cottage is open Saturdays and Sundays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is by donation.

For more information, go here.

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