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Closing the Distance in Sudbury

"A Community Where All Kids Belong!"

"Let's create a city worthy of our children's dreams and hopes!" declared Mayor David Courtemanche in his Inaugural Address to Sudbury City Council on December 4, 2003. His Worship was concluding a speech in which early on he had thanked the children of the City of Sudbury for "wallpapering my office with their creative artwork".

Sudbury's children had followed up on the newly elected Mayor's invitation to send him pictures of their dreams for Sudbury, an idea inspired by his connection to the Closing the Distance Project in Sudbury, which, since July 2003, had worked with more than 80 children and teenagers in summer recreation programs and over 200 students in classrooms.

The Sudbury Closing the Distance Project had framed its key message and goal only one year earlier on November 19, 2002, when about thirty community leaders from the health, social and educational sectors had come together for a community visioning session. Together, they produced a mural titled "Sudbury: A Community Where All Kids Belong!" This had become their guiding banner for more than one year of hard work in the community since then.

Mural, Community Visioning Session, Sudbury, November 2002 (Click for larger version)

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