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Canada 150 project launched in Hudson’s History Garden


Hudson History Gardens’ Canada 150 Project celebrates the stories of local first generation immigrants with a 12-month photo album. Vaudreuil-Soulanges Member of Parliament Peter Schiefke will be on the cover.

Although snow continues to cover the landscape of Hudson’s History Garden, it was the launching point for the Family Canada 150 Portrait Album 2017 on Sunday, February 12. It’s the brainchild of resident Elaine Steinberg who wants to celebrate the stories of first generation immigrants in the area.

“Every month, for a year, there will be a photo of an individual from the region along with their story,” Steinberg told Your Local Journal. “This is an ongoing heritage conversation that will help us better understand their contribution to the community.”

Steinberg is using the sculpture-bench in Hudson’s History Garden as a focal point for the project. Titled As, Is, the sculpture-bench is constructed with a series of mirrors that reflect the surroundings back to the person seated on it.

“I’m calling it Family Canada because this is a reflection about two people coming together and what happens with them,” said Steinberg, offering a broad and inclusive definition of family. “It’s the coming together and creating a family and I’m relating that to our immigration policy in Canada,” she said, describing it as giving us a diverse and rich cultural heritage.

Although not a first generation immigrant, Vaudreuil-Soulanges Member of Parliament Peter Schiefke agreed to be the first in the photo frame. “He’s going to be on the cover of the publication,” said Steinberg.

Schiefke was not available for an interview but sent the following statement via email: “I am honoured to be involved in this special project. It is wonderful to see people and organizations across Vaudreuil-Soulanges embracing and celebrating this historic anniversary. Canada, as a nation, really spread its wings through our community; there are trees and vegetation in the History Garden that have borne witness to our shared history. I encourage everyone to celebrate this special year.”

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