New play­ground equip­ment ded­i­cated to Quinn Butt

The Compass - - EDITORIAL - BY AN­DREW ROBIN­SON TC ME­DIA COUN­CIL edi­tor@cb­n­com­pass.ca

A new pur­ple and pink piece of play­ground equip­ment re­cently in­stalled in Har­bour Grace will mean a lit­tle some­thing more for the fam­ily of Quinn Butt.

Quinn, the five-year-old girl whose tragic death ear­lier this year struck an emo­tional chord with peo­ple all over New­found­land and Labrador, used to play at the H. Ross Shep­pard Me­mo­rial Play­ground with her young cousins. Her mom, An­drea Gosse, did the same as a young girl grow­ing up in Har­bour Grace.

With all that in mind, it was fit­ting for the town to hon­our Quinn’s mem­ory in some way.

On Sun­day, Nov. 6, a large crowd con­sist­ing of fam­ily, friends, and town of­fi­cials gath­ered at the Al­berta Drive play­ground to of­fi­cially un­veil the new slide.

“I thought it was re­ally nice,” ex­plained Deputy Mayor So­nia Wil­liams, who was at the un­veil­ing along with Mayor Terry Barnes and other mem­bers of coun­cil.

The pink and pur­ple colours were cho­sen to re­flect Quinn’s per­sonal pref­er­ence. Fol­low­ing her death in April, many peo­ple dis­played pink and pur­ple rib­bons on their prop­erty to show sup­port for the girl’s fam­ily.

In Au­gust, a play­ground called Quinn’s Place opened out­side Par­adise El­e­men­tary; the small school Quinn would have at­tended this fall were she alive.

Trent Butt, Quinn’s fa­ther, is charged with first-de­gree mur­der and ar­son. A 10-day pre­lim­i­nary in­quiry is sched­uled to be­gin in Jan­uary. The ac­cused has not en­tered any pleas.

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Fam­ily and friends joined An­drea Gosse, the mother of Quinn Butt, for the of­fi­cial un­veil­ing of a new piece of play­ground equip­ment Nov. 6 at the H. Ross Shep­pard Me­mo­rial Play­ground in Har­bour Grace.

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