Me­mo­rial for Quinn Butt pro­posed in Har­bour Grace

Town coun­cil to seek fur­ther in­for­ma­tion from woman of­fer­ing to build it

The Compass - - News - BY AN­DREW ROBIN­SON ed­i­tor@cb­n­com­pass.ca

The Town of Har­bour Grace is go­ing to reach out to the per­son propos­ing to es­tab­lish a me­mo­rial in the com­mu­nity to hon­our Quinn Butt and vic­tims of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence.

As dis­cussed at the Wed­nes­day, March 8 coun­cil meet­ing, Elena Par­sons-Kat­kic, a woman liv­ing in On­tario with fam­ily ties to Har­bour Grace, has an artist in mind to cre­ate a mu­ral, a com­pany to build a wall and a sup­plier to pro­vide plaques. Peo­ple would be en­cour­aged to pur­chase plaques to ded­i­cate to loved ones.

“She’s propos­ing to take the project on, get all the ma­te­ri­als, get ev­ery­thing done, and make a mu­ral not only for Quinn Butt, but for other vic­tims (of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence) in the town of Har­bour Grace,” Mayor Terry Barnes said af­ter read­ing a por­tion of Par­sons let­ter out loud at the meet­ing.

Ac­cord­ing to the last para­graph of her let­ter, Par­sons-Kat­kic is propos­ing to have a por­tion of the cost for each plaque do­nated to ei­ther the town to help main­tain the me­mo­rial or to a women’s shel­ter.

Quinn Butt died last April at the age of five. Her father, Trent Spencer Butt, is charged with first-de­gree mur­der and ar­son in re­la­tion to Quinn’s death.

Coun. Pat Haire openly ques­tioned whether the project was ap­pro­pri­ate for the town, given Quinn was from Car­bon­ear. Coun. Kathy Tet­ford noted the con­cept for the me­mo­rial — which Par­sons-Kat­kic would re­port­edly like to see set up on the new walk­ing trail in Bear’s Cove be­side a bench — is for all peo­ple. Quinn’s mother grew up in the Bear’s Cove area.

“It seems like there’s no cost to the town,” said Tet­ford. “I don’t see any is­sue with it.”

Mayor Barnes ex­pressed a de­sire to see more in­for­ma­tion on this be­fore mak­ing any de­ci­sion on whether to move for­ward with the idea. Coun. Hayward Blake noted too that fol­low­ing the death last sum­mer of lo­cal hockey leg­end Dick Power, do­na­tions were ac­cepted in his mem­ory for The Eter­nal Light for Quinn Me­mo­rial Fund.

“We need to make sure that it all works to­gether as op­posed to two dif­fer­ent groups do­ing (the same thing),” he said, “which is why we need to re­flect on this a lit­tle more and make sure that we move in a di­rec­tion that we want to move.”

AN­DREW ROBIN­SON/TC ME­DIA

In­ter­est was re­cently ex­pressed in es­tab­lish­ing a me­mo­rial near the be­gin­ning of the walk­ing trail in Bear’s Cove in mem­ory of Quinn Butt and vic­tims of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence.

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