Project inspired by Quinn Butt in the works for Harbour Grace
Memorial Wall will honour vicitims of domestic violence
Elena Parsons-Katkic says a memorial wall inspired by Quinn Butt will be a welcome addition to Harbour Grace.
Katkic, a former resident of Harbour Grace now living in Ontario, said she was deeply affected by the story of Quinn Butt.
Five-year-old Quinn died last year when a fire broke out in her father’s home on Hayden Heights in Carbonear. Her father, Trent Butt, pleaded not guilty to firstdegree murder and arson charges and the case is now before the court.
Last year, Katkic organized a fundraiser in Quinn’s name, but felt that she could do more.
After seeing a similar memorial elsewhere, Katkic says she was inspired to propose the idea to the Town of Harbour Grace.
Council recently approved Katkic’s suggestion. The wall will be dedicated to victims of domestic violence, an issue Katkic says deserves more open discussion.
“This type of violence is happening all around us and we don’t even know,” said Katkic. “To be in the 21st century and still have this … viewed as a taboo topic to discuss is unacceptable in my eyes.”
She hopes the memorial will encourage discussion of the subject; that people might feel more comfortable talking about domestic violence, while showing support for victims.
Katkic added she hopes to see the memorial become a place for people to come and reflect; this made the location of the memorial an important decision for the town.
Once the wall is built, the plan is to make it possible for people to purchase butterfly-shaped plaques, on which they can write the name of a loved one affected by domestic violence.
At a recent town council meeting, Harbour Grace Deputy Mayor Sonia Williams explained some basic plans for the wall.
Williams said while nothing is set in stone, it may be possible for money from plaque purchases to be used as donations, or used for maintenance of the memorial.
After hearing her suggestion had been approved, Katkic said she felt nothing short of amazed, and “extremely excited.”
“It truly is an honour to be a part of such wonderful project as I feel it will have a great impact on the town. I hope that the approval of this project will give victims the courage to seek help, knowing they have a community standing behind them,” said Katkic.
The wall is still in the early stages of planning, and the final concept is not yet set in stone.
However, Katkic says the town is now in the process of finding a contractor willing to work with them on the wall’s design, an artist to paint the finished product, and a supplier for the plaques.
Katkic added that anyone looking to stay up to date with the project’s progress could join the Facebook group: Quinn’s Memorial Wall.
“Most importantly, I hope that (Quinn’s mother) finds some sort of strength in knowing she has an army of strong women and men behind her. I hope this wall will forever be a reminder that Quinn will never be forgotten.”
An early stage idea of what the memorial wall may look like, along with leaf-shaped plaques.