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When St. Francis Reflections Lifestage Care employees returned to the first in-person staff meeting since the pandemic, they were presented with a custom piece of artwork in their honor. Titled “Renewal,” the specially commissioned artwork by artist and Brevard-native Jay Bonadio signified St. Francis’ gratitude for its staff, many of whom remained on the front lines during the pandemic.
Commissioned artwork represents gratitude for employee commitment through COVID
Bonadio, who is also known as “The Unsigned Artist,” created the custom piece with shattered glass overlaid on an image reflecting perseverance and progress in nature.
The artwork carries tremendous symbolism, with butterflies representing transformation; ripples of water illustrating reach in the community; and magnolia trees as a strong reminder of endurance, beauty, and health. “Renewal” will hang in the lobby of the organization’s main office in Titusville, at 1250-B Grumman Place.
“The pandemic shattered our lives in ways we never could have anticipated,” said Angie Aviles, human resources manager, who oversees the HR needs of nearly 300 employees. “But through it all, our team stayed together and stayed focused. St. Francis Reflections provides critical services to our community, and I am so proud of how our team showed up every day – for our patients and each other.”
The idea for the piece was brought forward by Kristie Henry-Roling, St. Francis’ new employee engagement manager. While Henry-Roling has been with the organization since 2015, the position is new for the more than 40-year-old nonprofit. In her role, Henry-Roling is responsible for ensuring staff feel appreciated and engaged. In addition to staff, St. Francis utilizes the support of more than 130 volunteers.
“Our team met the challenges of the pandemic with grace, resilience, and compassion,” said Henry-Roling. “This artwork demonstrates the beauty in that struggle. We hope it continues to be a reminder to our team of how strong they are.”
St. Francis Reflections Lifestage Care was founded in 1977 and licensed in 1990. St. Francis is Brevard’s longest-serving, not-for-profit as well as independent, interfaith provider of hospice, palliative care, and grief support services. For more information about St. Francis Reflections Lifestage Care, please visit ReflectionsLSC.org or follow on Facebook @StFrancisReflections