Loisirs Arundel Breaking Barriers - Building Bridges
Start date: 1 July, 2016
End date: 31 December, 2016
Citizens from our four local communities, both French and English speaking, will be invited by their respective mayors to join them in a 4 Villages gathering on the large bridge that spans the Rouge River.
Participants will sit across from each other, sharing their name, length of time they have lived here, their family heritage, where their ancestors lived 150 years ago, and the journey that brought them here. This interactive session will be followed by a traditional square dancing session and family picnic in the near by park.
In celebration of the 150 Anniversary of Canada and the new relationships that have been formed that day, the mayors will invite all participants to join them on the first Sunday of every month for a "bring your own" Picnic in the Park. This will be done in alternating communities, with a representative from the hosting community present to welcome people, until December, 2017.
The entire event will culminate in a Flag Raising Ceremony to be performed in the central community of Arundel.
Note: This project has not been launched officially yet. It is a work in progress and will certainly develop and evolve as we move through the planning process.
Nature of the Project Reach
The participants will come from four distinct villages within a 280 square kilometer radius with a total of 2, 175 residents.
To break down invisible barriers between the French and the English, and between the four distinct communities involved by inviting participants to share their personal stories and history with like minded people in a friendly, relaxed and fun atmosphere.