Tommy Landry: A Legacy of Light

Tommy Landry (1958-2024): His Legacy of Light

In 2021, Tommy Landry, a core member of L’Arche Antigonish participated in Dorothy Lander’s Botanical Hands project.   Tina Angustia presented Tommy with images of flowers from which to choose for Dorothy’s botanical collage, using a photo of his dominant hand as her canvas.  Tommy nodded and smiled to signal his choice of dandelions.

Tommy died on the last day of June 2024 when dandelions were dotting every landscape.  The symbolism of the dandelion, Tommy’s chosen flower, perfectly represents his legacy of light and inspiration to all who knew him.  The dandelion is the only flower that represents the 3 celestial bodies of the sun, moon and stars. The yellow flower resembles the sun, the puff ball resembles the moon, and the dispersing seeds resemble the stars. Tommy now joins these celestial bodies in eternity.

Divine coincidence: One of the last photos with Tommy at the centre of action at L’Arche Antigonish is with the participants from around the world attending programs at the Coady International Institute.

This was just as Dorothy was seeking a striking example of the connection between the Healing Arts and the Arts for Health Equity for The People’s School with this learning focus on July 4, 2024 at the Coady Institute.  Tommy was a multi-talented artist spanning visual arts, dramatic arts, and dance performances.  A shining light in the Antigonish community and beyond. 

The Healing Arts:

All Tommy’s creative expressions have been a source of healing for Tommy himself throughout his life struggles with pain and mobility, and they now offer solace to the L’Arche family who are mourning his loss.  

The Arts for Health Equity:

Tommy’s contributions to the arts also illustrate the social determinants of health equity, such as social inclusion of the disabled in public life and community education, and access to art making opportunities in all its forms for vulnerable populations.

Join us at The People’s School on the Arts and Health Equity to add other determinants of health equity that Tommy’s life represents and as highlighted on Tommy’s page in The Book of Hands by Dorothy Lander (forthcoming). 

Click on the link to register:

https://coady.stfx.ca/peoples-school-on-arts-and-health-equity

THE PEOPLE’S SCHOOL ON ARTS AND HEALTH EQUITY: A LEARNING FORUM

Thursday, July 4

4:30 to 6 p.m.

Marie Michael Library

Coady Institute

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