Nothing motivates Glen like a challenge.
With this in mind, Centacare Service Delivery Manager Sharron McMillan recognised the opportunity for Glen to channel his newfound passion for ‘diamond art’ to help create three show-stopping pieces for a presentation to the Brisbane North Leadership Team.
The 60-year-old from Enoggera has recently transitioned to the NDIS and is a regular at Centacare’s activity centre at Enoggera and its cottage accommodation services, Araluen and Pechey Place.
It was at Pechey Place that Glen was first introduced to ‘diamond art’, a combination of cross-stitch and paint-by-numbers that involves applying thousands of colourful beads to canvas paintings.
Centacare Support Worker Angela Milton, who has been sharing her passion for ‘diamond art’ with clients, knew Glen was a lover of crafts and was confident he had the dexterity and patience needed to for the art form.
“Diamond art is definitely not for everyone,” said Angela.
“It’s not the sort of craft activity that produces a quick result. It’s quite a meticulous process and involves a great deal of planning, diligence and commitment.
As Angela predicted, Glen embraced the ‘longer-term’ nature of the challenge with enthusiasm.
“In the early stages, we did the artworks together but it wasn’t long before he was completing them independently, said Angela.
“He was so proud of his finished pieces. We ordered more kits so he had some at home to work on. When Sharron suggested Glen assist with the presentation artworks – two owls and a dove, to represent the personalities of three members of the Centacare Brisbane North leadership team, he jumped at the chance.”
Glen worked tirelessly, in a joint effort with Angela and another Centacare Support Worker Mai Sukaiy, both of whom dedicated their personal time to help complete the pieces in time for the special presentation.
“Glen’s enthusiasm and dedication is an inspiration in itself,” said Sharron.
“He is a real ‘people person’ and the opportunity to work with others, as part of a team, was an incredibly uplifting experience for him.
“The project had a similar effect on Angela and Mai, who are passionate about understanding clients – their hopes, aspirations and what’s important to them – and offering meaningful experiences that reflect this.
“Glen was so proud to present the finished artworks and see them displayed in the offices of our leadership team, which was wonderful to see.”