(Part of the Dr. Bonnie Henry portrait painted by Elfrida Schragen. View the full painting at the online exhibition)

An artistic rendition of British Columbia’s top doctor, admired by many for her calm, informed guidance of the province’s pandemic response, is featured in an exhibition to support a local charitable organization.

As part of a fundraiser for one of Victoria’s most prominent community centres and shelters, Our Place Society, local artist Elfrida Schragen decided to create a series of portraits featuring influential women in the community.

“I painted these portraits to honour women in my community whom I, and others, find admirable and effective in whatever they do in life,” said Schragen in a statement.

One of the people who volunteered to sit for the portrait was none other than Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.’s provincial health officer.

Each portrait in the series has a goal raising price of $1,000, and include portraits of personalities like Lisa Helps, Shana Lynngood, Catherine Holt, and Leslie Campbell.

Visitors can head to the fundraiser website, view the portraits, and read the stories of the individuals they feature, before selecting “which portrait [they] most ‘Admire'” through a tax deductible donation.

The bid to select favourites and donate ends on July 31, with all proceeds going towards supporting Our Place Society’s work supporting some of Greater Victoria’s most vulnerable women struggling with poverty, mental or physical challenges, or homelessness.

Dr. Henry’s portrait is also on display at Central Art Studio Gallery on Fort St.

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