TELL ME MORE ABOUT THAT TREE!
This section is new to the Winter Newsletter and gives an in depth look at a feature tree in the FOT Gala auction.
We are looking closely at the Angels Among Us Tree, created by designer Allison Flett and sponsored by CEDA. This tree
was an homage to the Murdered and Missing Aboriginal Women in Canada and was both heart-stoppingly beautiful and heart-
In her interview (linked below), Allison tell us that within Indigenous culture, women have an inherent strength and sacred
worth. They know what it is to bring life into this world as the ultimate test of spiritual and physical fortitude. Women nurture
life, provide an unshakable foundation for families, and teach the ultimate lesson - love.
Through her hand-crafted decorations, Allison’s tree expressed a longing for awareness of the mothers, aunts, sisters, nieces
and friends that were taken away long before their time. She notes that the magnifying lens asks us to reflect on the topic and
answer the question of why the women are missing and where they are. The tiny trees that are missing a limb force us to see
how a family and community feel when a loved one is gone. The dreamcatchers seek to trap those terrible feelings of loss and
despair, and the compass hopes to lead the loved ones home.
And above all, the red dress in many forms and styles is
sprinkled throughout the tree to evoke the absence of the
Indigenous women all across Canada.
This tree was designed for all of us to remember the angels
among us. They are the diamond-like glisten in every bright
white snowflake, the twinkling of lights through the holiday
season and in the stars and angles on the trees. These angels’
lives had great value. They were loved and cherished and are
deeply missed by their loved ones and family.
This tree had great impact on the Festival of Trees guests and
was purchased by Dave Tuccaro and proudly displayed at the
offices of the Tuccaro Group of Companies.
Please enjoy a deeper conversation with Allison about the
Angels Among Us Tree here: Angels Among Us - Festival of
WINTER 2019 | THE CHECKUP