Unveiling of the Secret Garden

PHOTO BY CHRISTIAN GONZALEZ

The City of Vaudreuil-Dorion is pleased to unveil the urban art work ‘Un jardin secret,’ produced by artist Sonia Haberstich along with citizens during cultural mediation workshops. This work, made up of some 70 flowers about half of which were created by local elders, was recently installed in front of the Centre Multisports on Boulevard de la Gare. Its establishment coincided with the World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, which takes place every year on June 15.

Four groups of seniors thus participated in this project as part of the component called Les maillons d’une ville nous illuminant (The links of a city illuminate us) including the Grand rassemblement des aînés de Vaudreuil-Soulanges (GRAVES), le Centre communautaire des aînés de Soulanges, Les aînés de Pincourt and Parrainage civique.

These workshops are the result of a joint initiative of the City of Vaudreuil-Dorion and the Table de concertation des aînés de Vaudreuil-Soulanges. They aimed to highlight the unifying role of elders in the community.

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

Decreed by the United Nations in 2006, this day is an opportunity to denounce the suffering that can be suffered by seniors in vulnerable situations. The 2020 theme, Uproot Abuse, Plant the Seeds of Change, fits remarkably with the cultural mediation project.

The COVID-19 pandemic has put our seniors at the forefront of the news in recent months. Solidarity gestures were made to help them. This concern for their well-being must remain active in the community. People suspected of elder abuse are invited to consult the website helpeabusaines.ca. The Abuse for Seniors Line (1 888 489-ABUS) also offers a free confidential service every day from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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