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Lydia Terjeson completes artistic Girl Scout Gold Project

The Southridge High junior undertook a project on behalf of the Dougy Center
by: Submitted photo Lydia Terjeson of Beaverton shows one of the pieces that will be on display at the Dougy Center’s new home when it is rebuilt off Foster Road in Portland. Teens created masks on canvas in an “Unmask Your Grief” event that Terjeson produced for her Girl Scout Gold Project.

For her Girl Scout Gold Project, Lydia Terjeson of Beaverton produced an event for the Dougy Center, which provides grief support to children in Portland.

Terjeson, 16, will be a junior this year at Southridge High School.

The project was completed at the temporary Dougy Center at the Albertina Kerr facilities.

Terjeson's parents are Matt Terjeson and Jan Peterson- Terjeson of Beaverton.

The Girl Scout Gold Project award is the highest award in Girl Scouting. A national award, with national standards, it represents girls' time, leadership, creativity and effort contributed to making their community better.

The Dougy Center, the first center in this country to provide peer support groups for grieving children, was founded in 1982. In June 2009 the Dougy Center was destroyed by fire, and families grieving the loss of a family have yet one more additional loss to grieve. The Dougy Center serves 400 children and 250 adult family members each month.

Terjeson began attending the Dougy Center in 2007 after a farm accident in Eastern Oregon took the life of her brother, Cason. The fire at the Dougy Center created many obstacles for the families attending sessions.

Terjeson created an event for teens to attend in August, 'Unmask your grief.' Teens who attend the Dougy Center will be creating masks mounted on canvas. The art therapy sessions will be led by Rebecca Hobbs Lawrence, Dougy Center associate program director, and Beaverton artist Christine Merritt.

Upon completion of the event, the masks will be temporarily on display in the Dougy Center administrative offices and group therapy rooms. Once the Dougy Center has been rebuilt off Foster Road in Portland, the masks will be permanently displayed.