Reflecting on 2017 always leads me to thoughts on what a fabulous year it was acknowledging and celebrating our big, beautiful country’s 150th anniversary of Confederation. 🇨🇦 I was honoured to be in the role of Coquitlam’s Canada 150 Community Leader for FCM (Federation of Canadian Municipalities). In this role I acted as a touchpoint for Coquitlam, receiving and sharing information about local and national events for Canada’s 150th anniversary. I enthusiastically promoted and participated in all the local Canada 150-related events.
I’ve written before of an exciting project that came to my attention: the Canada 150 Mosaic. Neighbouring municipalities were signed up to participate but Coquitlam wasn’t. There were many reasons for this but there’s only one opportunity to have the community participate in a project like this. So, I got to work making phone calls, holding meetings and building support. It took a few weeks but it worked! Although it was very challenging trying to get it to Coquitlam the perseverance paid off and last month I was part of a very special unveiling! It’s beautiful!
When I ran for a seat on Council my slogan was “Family-Focused, Community-Centred” and this initiative was true to that. Over 550 people signed up and came out to join in on an hour-long session to paint a tile. Many came as families – all generations – from children to grandparents.
This project brought people together, build up community pride, got people involved. And the result: a beautiful, meaningful, permanent piece of legacy artwork for our city.
It was an absolutely wonderful occasion to unveil the Canada 150 MosaicMural in Coquitlam! This commemorative piece of public art is proudly displayed in our City Centre Public Library and will be enjoyed and celebrated by thousands for decades to come! Thanks to EVERYONE – including the 550 community members who painted a tile – who made this commemorative project come to fruition! 🇨🇦
Here is a wonderful video that sums the project up very well! Thank you Spencer Harwood!