Survivors of Huronia Regional Centre encouraged to participate in memorial
Remember Every Name is set to create artwork as a lasting memorial to the survivors and people who were laid to rest at the Huronia Regional Centre Cemetery in Orillia. The memorial will be directly influenced by the people who lived at the institution and will be installed at the cemetery as early as May of 2019.
The organization consists of survivors who lived at the institution and their supporters who are focused on honouring those who were laid to rest at the cemetery. They come together for mutual support and to share their life stories, along with the successes and accomplishments since leaving the institution.
Remember Every Name will be working with Hilary Clark Cole, an artist and fabricator in sculpture and welded steel, who sometimes incorporates glass, copper, brass, and stone into her work.
Meetings are scheduled to take place throughout central Ontario in the coming weeks, and people who wish to make contributions are encouraged to attend the events.
Prior to taking part, survivors are asked to think of words, symbols, pictures, objects, or drawings that are symbols of remembrance, in addition to recalling their achievements since leaving the institution.
Pictures and examples of the artist’s work will be on display at the meetings and refreshments are to be provided. For more information, contact Remember Every Name’s Communication Coordinator, Debbie Vernon, at 705-645-0298.
The meetings will be taking place at the following locations:
- Monday, July 23rd (5 to 6:30 pm) at the Orillia Public Library, 36 Mississauga Street
- Wednesday, July 25th (7 to 8:30 pm) at the Huntsville Public Library, 7 Minerva Street East
- Monday, July 30th (7 to 8:30 pm) at Community Living Parry Sound, 38 Joseph Street
- Wednesday, August 8th (7 to 8:30 pm) at Barrie City Hall, 70 Collier Street, 3rd Floor
Ron Laroche, Community Living Ontario