‘A cel­e­bra­tion piece of one week­end that brought us to­gether’

Rod­dick­ton-Bide Arm gets its cre­ative juices flow­ing for town mo­saic


Res­i­dents of all ages came to­gether to cre­ate an artis­tic piece of mem­o­ra­bilia for the com­mu­nity of Rod­dick­ton-Bide Arm.

Mayor Sheila Fitzger­ald says the mo­saic, a pro­ject ini­ti­ated as part of Canada’s 150th an­niver­sary, has been great for pro­mot­ing com­mu­nity spirit and in­clu­sion.

“The mo­saic rep­re­sents what our com­mu­nity is proud of – it be­comes like a time cap­sule,” said Fitzger­ald. “Peo­ple can come back through the years to see what we painted.

“For us, it will be a cel­e­bra­tion piece of one week­end that brought us to­gether.”

Hosted at the vol­un­teer fire hall Oct. 27-28, the 350 tiles needed to com­plete the mo­saic cre­ated a so­cial event that brought out ev­ery­one from se­nior to tod­dler, as well as the town’s pro­fes­sional artists.

Chris Mitchel­more, min­is­ter of Tourism, Cul­ture, In­dus­try and In­no­va­tion, and town am­bas­sador Earl Pil­grim also came down to get their hands dirty and paint a tile.

As part of the Canada 150 ini­tia­tive, two pro­fes­sional artists – Lewis Lavoie and Paul Lavoie – at­tended to help or­ga­nize and over­see the pro­ject. As well, the pair sought out other pro­fes­sional artists in the com­mu­nity to get their much-needed in­volve­ment.

Lewis says the town of Rod­dick­ton-Bide Arm stepped up the plate to make this mo­saic a suc­cess.

“Rod­dick­ton-Bide Arm re­ally took the gaunt­let,” said Lewis. “To get a mo­saic in a small town like this takes a lot, and Sheila def­i­nitely worked hard at get­ting us here.”

Fitzger­ald says with­out the ad­di­tional fund­ing granted with the help of Mitchel­more, the lo­cal well­ness com­mis­sion and Richard Spinks, the pro­ject would never have come through.

Af­ter the tiles are painted and com­pleted, the Lavoies go to work putting the mo­saic to­gether. An un­veil­ing event for the piece will go ahead in three weeks. Lewis and Paul also over­saw a mo­saic pro­ject in Tor­bay.

Be­cause only about 80 of the 150 mo­saics for the pro­ject have been an­nounced and com­pleted, the ini­tia­tive will now con­tinue into 2018.

With this in mind, Fitzger­ald says there is a de­mand for more com­mu­ni­ties to reach out. She says the mo­saic has pro­vided an ex­cite­ment and flow of cre­ativ­ity for the town that shouldn’t be passed up.


As part of a Canada 150 ini­tia­tive, Rod­dick­ton-Bide Arm got its cre­ative juices flow­ing to cre­ate a mo­saic for the com­mu­nity. From left to right: Paul Lavoie, Earl Pil­grim, Sheila Fitzger­ald, Chris Mitchel­more and Lewis Lavoie.


Chris Mitchel­more, min­is­ter of Tourism, Cul­ture, In­dus­try and In­no­va­tion, lets his artis­tic side show as he paints his con­tri­bu­tion to the mo­saic.


Town am­bas­sador Earl Pil­grim and Mayor Sheila Fitzger­ald show off their tiles for the town mo­saic.

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