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Peter Schiefke dedicates historic mural at Hudson Community Centre


(Left to right): Liberal MP Peter Schiefke, District 6 Councillor Daren Legault, artists Kent Thomson and Daniel Gautier, and Hudson Culture and Tourism Director Nicolas Pedneault inaugurate the new mural depicting notable figures in the town’s history.

“This is a great day for Hudson. A great day for Canada. And a great tribute to all those people past and present who have fought and worked so hard to make this community, and our country, a better place in which to live.”

So said Vaudreuil-Soulanges Liberal MP, Peter Schiefke, at the official dedication last week of the Canada 150 mural titled We are Canada, Nous sommes le Canada on the exterior wall of the Stephen F. Shaar Community Centre-Royal Canadian Legion Hudson #115 Branch on Beach Road.

Painted by artists Daniel Gautier and Kent Thomson featuring 60 personages aboard a boat complete with an anchor and a lifeboat, and made possible by a grant from the Federal Government, Gautier said the mural symbolizes, “…the fact that we are all in the same boat and are all in this together.”

It also highlights, he added, how important the Ottawa River was to Hudson with regards transportation and economic development.

Said Schiefke, “When I was first approached about a year ago regarding the possibility of a grant for this project, I thought that the concept and the theme We are Canada was phenomenal. Today is the first time that I have seen it as I have driven by many times but never stopped as I wanted to be surprised when I saw it completed and I had no idea what the artists had envisioned.”

Added Schiefke, “Seeing it today blew my mind. And I could not be more pleased with the incredible work that the artists and the town have accomplished. It captures the very essence of what defines a community.

“It is not the buildings, sewer systems, or electrical grid that does so. It is the people themselves who have built it and made it what it is today. And this mural captures that in a way that has never been done before. Reflecting the incredible capacity of the people here in Hudson and a lasting tribute to what makes this community so special in all of Canada.”

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