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20 | Ignitemag.ca | November | December 2014 portfolio The teen patients at SickKids hospital are just like any other kids: they dream of milestones like attending prom. But due to their health concerns, many of them can't. That's why the hospital's Child Life Department created the The After Hours Exclusive Teen Event in 2009, a prom-inspired event that transports kids to an evening of dancing and reverie, even though they've only gone as far as the hospital's rotunda! And like traditional proms, the kids are involved in the process. Penni Holdham, CSEP, owner of Display Connection, met with the Children's Council (a group of 15 kids ranging in age from 9 to 17 whose mandate is to provide a patient perspective on SickKids programs) and showed them her portfolio. "I told them, 'I'm your designer. Go through my books and tell me what you like.'" They batted around ideas and arrived at an Arabian Nights theme. Here's how they brought it to life. * The After Hours Exclusive Teen Event at SickKids Hospital, Toronto The teens created a genie lamp to add to the decor. Fresh flowers and balloons were a no-go due to allergic concerns, so artificial flowers and decorative crystals were used to create centerpieces. Players from Toronto FC and "On the Floor" dance crew rocked out with kids. MTV host Phoebe Dykstra (centre) partied with the group. The DJ booth was designed so that SickKids patient Alex Salmon, a.k.a., DJ Skinnzy, could easily access it. The teens created a genie The teens created a genie lamp to add to the decor. lamp to add to the decor. Jt Le Pm

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