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Since January 2010, The Western Division of Operation Sock Monkey (OSM) at Keith Lynn Alternative Secondary School has been using sock monkeys as therapeutic and philanthropic tools.  Youth-at-risk experience profound comfort and joy when making sock monkeys.  They may keep their creations or donate them to OSM.  So far 200+ sock monkeys have been made by students, staff and the community.  In June 2010 we shipped 40 sock monkeys to Kwa-Zulu Natal.  On October 20, 2010, 40 more sock monkeys were shipped to headquarters for fundraising.  150 were displayed in the Downtown Eastside this past summer.  The sock monkeys in Kwa-Zulu Natal are being used as part of Clowns Without Borders South Africa residency programs teaching the power of play in guardian-child relationships.


To read more about Keith Lynn’s art therapy program with Kat, go to: SOCK MONKEY MONTHLY!

Sock Monkey Radio

Sock Monkey on Radio

In this version of ‘Art of the Mind’ we have our first session of Art Therapy.    We have Art Therapist Kat Thorsen, from the Keith Lynn Secondary School (KLASS) to introduce us to Sock Monkey Therapy.  Also in studio is KLASS student Hannah Pettinato.  Local Singer Songwriter Diane Reyes also performs live for us.  Later in the program we speak with former Minister in the Provincial Government and Radio Personality Rafe Mair.  Rafe shares his lived experience and gives us his take on the Government’s performance in Mental Health.

Rafe Mair

Here is the archive from our March 29 episode, may take a moment to load.  Please be patient, you’ll really enjoy it.

Part 1 (30 mins)

Part 2 (30 mins)

Diane Reyes on YouTube


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