(December 5, 2006)

“It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.”

Albert Einstein

Following months of collaboration and decision making, the dream of Paula's art room finally became a reality. Working tirelessly the love and hard work of many converted a dilapidated industrial arts room in which she taught art classes, into a centre of creativity where aspiring artists could hone their skills. Many of the upgrades in the art room were donated by or funded with the kind contributions of community members, colleagues, friends and merchants in the Timberlea, Halifax and Glace Bay areas. A dinner and auction was also held to help raise money for this initiative

In the wake of this senseless murder Paula's sisters, brothers-in-laws, many friends, community members and colleagues came together to create a living memorial to her memory. Paula would be so proud to know she is not only a part of this art room but she is the reason we have this room, the room which love built.

The official opening of Paula’s Place for students and staff at Ecole Beechville-Lakeside-Timberlea School took place on December 5, 2006. The date also marks Paula’s Birthday and the first Birthday of Paula’s Place. Mr. Todd Leader, our Project Manager, led the students on a tour of their new “Art Room” now known as Paula’s Place. All features of the room were presented to the children and there was many “ohs” and “ahs” voiced by the students throughout the day. The celebration concluded with the students singing Happy Birthday to Miss Gallant and Paula’s Place…and of course, birthday cupcakes!!