Hollywood moved to the Brown Auditorium on the afternoon of Wednesday, June 27th as Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare staff and patients hosted our first annual ‘Toldo’s Got Talent.’
More than 10 brave patients of our Toldo Neurobehavioural Institute took to the stage in front of an enthusiastic crowd, performing their individual talent. From singing, poetry, to displays of their own personal arts and crafts, patients shared their talent with their fellow friends, staff, and four judges.
Although Simon Cowell could not be found among this year’s judges, lining the back table were peer judge “Jim”, Director of Mental Health and Addictions, Patrick Kolowicz, Dr.Sean Prabhu, and
Interim Operational Manager of TNI Allied health, PGS, NBCOT, RBN, OTN,
The idea to host “Toldo’s Got Talent” came from Karline Robinson, a student of therapeutic recreation from Georgian College. As part of her placement at Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare, Karline had the option to do a research project or special event. She thought a talent competition would be a good way for her patients to explore and look deeper within themselves.
"Not only would a talent competition allow for inner reflection but it would also be a safe and positive environment to promote talent and community amongst peers. It’s been such a pleasure to see each patient explore their gift," she said.
‘Toldo’s Got Talent’ did just that. Each performance was met with claps, cheers and even the occasional high five.
One patient even started her performance of “Build Me Up Buttercup” by saying, “So glad to see many familiar faces that came to watch me perform!”
After a long and hard deliberation, the top three talents chosen were a guitar performance of “When life is hard, you have to change” by Blind Melon, words of poetry written so eloquently by Leonard and a display of special arts and crafts including a cabin made from Popsicle sticks.
The TNI Recreation Therapy staff would like to thank the departments and staff that assisted with the talent show. From set up, multimedia assistance, and dietary at Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare, you all came together to help make this event a success!