The Brain Injury Association of Windsor and Essex County has announced the creation of a “Butterfly Lane” in Walkerville.
This project’s main purpose is to create awareness of the prevalence of brain injury in the community as well as educate people to this “invisible” disability. It is part of BIAWE’s mission to enhance the lives of those affect by an acquired brain injury through education, awareness and support.
Together with residents from the Walkerville area, we have chosen an alley in Walkerville, bordered by Devonshire/Argyle and Ontario/Richmond streets. We will also be painting at the Jubilee Parkette (west of Kildare – on Wyandotte St. E.)
The murals will be painted by artists vetted by the Butterfly Lane Mural Project Committee (made up of members from BIAWE and the Walkerville Community). We will also attach wooden butterflies painted by a person with an acquired brain injury as their personal contribution to this project.
We will have the permission of homeowners to paint either their fence or garage door. The murals will be coated with a clear anti-graffiti finish to protect its beauty.
The life of a butterfly symbolizes the life of an individual with a brain injury. Much like a butterfly that develops from a caterpillar during the chrysalis process, the journey of a person with a brain injury can be transforming. Often, an individual with a brain injury is not the person that they once were. There is nor more striking symbol of a transformation than a butterfly. This transformation symbolically represents hope and new beginnings. This transformation happens with help from the right people.
“We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.” – Maya Angelou.