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September 9, 2013

“Skywalkers, Mystics and Dreamers,”
Video by Ottawa Bahá’ís John Dickie and Barry Brown receives honourable mention in international competition
by  Linda O’Neil

John Dickie, a long-time Bahá'í living in Vanier, and producer Barry Brown, have created a video of the poem John wrote to offer inspiration at the start of a Parkinson’s SuperWalk.

John Dickie and Barry BrownThe video won an honourable mention in a world-wide competition in which people were to create videos that reflect on their relationship with Parkinson’s, held in conjunction with the third World Parkinson’s Congress which John will be attending in October 2013. Videos were submitted from 18 countries. As Honorary Mention winners, their video will be shown in the Creativity & PD Theatre in the Exhibit Hall for all delegates to watch at their leisure during the WPC. More information can be found at:

John describes himself as an aspiring poet, artist and world citizen. Dedicating his retirement years to actively promoting the arts as a means of healing one another, He supports various charitable organizations through donations of art and poetry. One of the major joys of his life is to reflect on the human condition as we move towards the inevitability of world unity. His reflections are expressed in his poetry and art.

Since being diagnosed with Parkinson Disease in 2011, John’s creativity has rapidly increased. John is constantly sketching and writing poetry, which helps him in dealing with the effects of Parkinson Disease. His poetry and other art work, primarily pencil and ink sketches, and colourful collages, have been inspired by many sources, but first and foremost by the teachings of Bahá’u'lláh, the Founder of the Bahá’í Faith (1817-1892), which, says John, “call out loud and clear for world unity”.

Check out this inspiring video at YouTube

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