Paula’s Place Official School Dedication (June 22, 2006)

“Some artists leave remarkable things which, 100 years later, don’t work at all. I have left my mark.”

Francis Bacon

During the June Town Hall at Ecole Beechville-Lakeside-Timberlea School a special dedication, honouring Paula, was held with all students, staff, family, and community in attendance. The ceremony opened with Ms. Susie Quackenbush (one of Paula's colleagues) singing "I Will Remember You" which Susie also sang at Paula's funeral Mass. It was a very emotionally draining but spiritually uplifting event and we felt Paula's presence with us. Mr. Michael O’Leary, Principal and Ms. Sharry Ferguson, Vice Principle presented the Gallant Family with a plaque to commemorate the official dedication of Paula’s Place. “We, the community of Ecole Beechville¬-Lakeside-Timberlea School announce today that the current art room in the 3-5 building will now be dedicated to Paula's memory and from henceforth will be known as "Paula's Place". This plaque, mounted outside the room, reads:

This Art Room is dedicated to the memory of teacher, Paula Gallant.
Her passion of teaching, especially of the Arts, kindled learning in her students and inspired her colleagues.

"When love and skill work together, expect a masterpiece."

This formal dedication officially launched the project to initiate the transformation of an old industrial arts into a permanent art centre for over 800 students who attend Paula’s school. Under the leadership of Mr. Todd Leader, community member and friend to Paula, we officially opened Paula’s Place on December 5th, 2006.

“We are thrilled with this dedication and feel there is nothing more fitting than this wonderful project to remember Paula and all her work as an educator, artist, friend and colleague at BLT.”

Lynn and Lana

 Official School Address by Ms. Sharry Ferguson

Media - June 26, 2006