A Message of Hope and Resilience
The panels displayed in the art gallery for the next couple of days have been taken out of storage for the first time in 10 years. On September 18, 2006, Dawson Students returning to the College after an act of violence shook their school just days before were welcomed by Faculty and Staff as they flooded through the De Maisonneuve entrance, setting aside hundreds of bouquets of flowers placed by Montrealers reaching out in support. Many students were eager to "take back" their school, many were looking for comfort among friends, and many were not yet sure how to process what had just happened.
In addition to the support of their fellow students, teachers, and dozens of trauma counselors on hand that day, students were invited to write their thoughts on ten large panels located throughout Dawson as a way of expressing the emotions they felt after the tragedy. Some wrote condolences to the family of Anastasia De Sousa, others shared messages of hope, some wrote of the power of love and hate.
While these messages are heartfelt and inspirational, and illustrate Dawson's strength as a community, for some it may cause distress. Please take this into consideration before you enter the gallery.