Christmas card competition winner strives to give back

Going for a three-peat is not out of the cards for one Lynn Valley Elementary student following her successful showing at a Christmas card competition for the second straight year.

Paige Eskes, a Grade 6 student, is the first two-time winner of the Lions Gate Hospital Foundation’s Design a Christmas Card Competition.

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The competition, which closed recently, was open to youth in grades 4 through 12 from across the North Shore.

Eskes’ winning watercolour design features an image of the Point Atkinson Lighthouse, enveloped by Christmas lights, as a pod of orcas swims by.

“I did the lighthouse because I love Lighthouse Park and I’ve been there a couple times before,” Eskes told the North Shore News. “I just wanted to remind people that, for the orcas, that they’re endangered and they’re really important.”

The Christmas cards, featuring Eskes’ design, can be purchased on the ground floor of Lions Gate Hospital, close to its 13th Street entrance.

Proceeds from the sale of the cards will help raise funds for the hospital’s new acute care tower and medical and surgical centre, slated for completion by 2023.

Eskes, who was “really surprised” she won the card competition a second time, said she was inspired to enter the contest again because of her love of art and a desire to make sure that others who require the hospital’s services could get the best possible care.

“I was born there and I’ve been a patient there and I just want others to go there and have it improved so they can get better faster,” said Eskes.

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