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New Horizons

People who won post cards – Joanne Nederend, June MacMillan, Helen Zenger, Angie Rothwell, Ken Jensen. Missing was Fran Kaster.

The February session of New Horizons was held on Thursday, February 13th at 10 a.m. at the Maryhill Heritage Park Community Centre. It was a very good turnout of men and women who came to hear Natalie Stevanus and Jane van Peit speak on their passion for photography.

Natalie has Down Syndrome and her photographs is so beautiful. Jane van Peit had worked with Natalie’s mother Linda and learned of Natalie’s love of photograph. One thing led to another and now these two best friends are out in the early morning or the golden evening hours taking pictures. Something we would by-pass would get these ladies excited.

Jane van Peit, Natalie Stevanus & Linda Stevanus

Three things they look at are: Light (early morning or gold evening hues), Colour (Natalie favoured colour is red), Shape & Texture (rust, peeling items, round wagon wheel, etc.). 

They will sometimes go on-line on the computer for ideas, and they are diligent in their passion.  In Natalie’s words “We love it”.  She has for the past 3 years entered the UK Down Syndrome Competition in London.  And last year she was in the top 25 contestants.

Jane and Natalie said a good photo should capture an emotional reaction in the viewer.  Shooting at all angles, they stand on cement walls, shoot upwards or even lay flat on the ground to get a good show.

Both Jane and Natalie have made their photographs into greeting cards with some sold as a fundraiser for the Down Syndrome Association.

Six photos (in the form of greeting cards) were give away as door prizes. These lucky winners were Joanne Nederend, June MacMillian, Helen Zenger, Angie Rothwell, Ken Jensen & Fran Kaster.

A beautiful slide show produced from photos taken while the ladies travelled to London for the photo competition was show. The background music was from two of the Beatles songs.

The next meeting will be on Thursday, March 12th at the Maryhill Heritage Park Community Centre at 10 – 11:30 a.m.  Admission is $2.00 which includes refreshments and treats. Guest speaker will be Ken Becker, Cruise and Travel Consultant from Expedia Cruise Ship Centre and his topic will be “Travel – the World is Waiting for You!”.  April 9th will be Nicola Ross, author of “loops and Lattes Hiking Guides” and her topic will be “Trails that Crisscross Dramatic Landscape” and the final session May 14th will be “Let’s Talk Mental Health” by Tara Hebblethwaite, former Miss Oktoberfest and Mental Health Advocate.

Jane and Natalie said a good photo should capture an emotional reaction in the viewer. Shooting at all angles, they have been known to stand on cement walls, shoot upwards or even lay flat on the ground to get a good shot.

Jane said that photographs can be exhibited, or shown on many different materials, including canvas and wood.

Both Jane and Natalie have used some of their photographs to make greeting cards, with some sold as a fundraiser for the Down Syndrome Association.

Six photos (in the form of greeting cards) were given away as door prizes The lucky winners were Joanne Nederend, June MacMillian, Helen Zenger, Angie Rothwell, Ken Jensen & Fran Kaster.

A beautiful slide show produced from photos taken while the ladies travelled to London for the photo competition was shown.

The background music was from two of the Beatles songs.

This will be the last year for Joan to host New Horizon’s who has done it for the past 11 years, and is hoping that someone else will carry on. She thanked Sandra Hachborn who for years she has become the “baker of the month” with all her treats,  for Heather Trakalo who has looked after the door and to Tim Vegh for his expertise on the tech side.

group attending New Horizons

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