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CVR students unveil mural in partnership with the MWCN

Students in the Alternative Program at Chateauguay Valley Regional High School proudly unveiled a new mural created in partnership with the Montérégie West Community Network on April 30.

Teacher Sayard Chartrand reached out to the MWCN with the idea of producing a mural with her alternative students that expressed a sense of belonging. With funding from Heritage Canada, the MWCN was eager to partner in what would become an inspirational intergenerational project.

At least 20 Grade 9 and 10 students worked on the intergenerational project with four MWCN members and local artist Line Desrochers, who specializes in collaborative art initiatives. “Meeting others through art is important,” said Desrochers, who completed the project with the students and community participants over four workshops.

“There was a creative process,” said Desrochers, noting how the mural incorporates elements of collage and different painting techniques. The participants were also encouraged to add signature elements to the design.


Students in the Alternative Program at CVR unveiled a new collaborative mural painted by over 20 students and four members of the MWCN which provided the funding for the intergenerational project PHOTO Sarah Rennie


“I am very proud of these students who would never have involved themselves in something like this,” said Chartrand, who suggests the process of creating the mural helped her students, including many who previously did not feel a connection to the school, to feel like they belong. “It will leave a legacy. This is their contribution to the school,” she explained.

MWCN member Yvette Harper noted she was especially impressed with the initial conversation between participants. “A lot of the students came up with this idea of growth and growing together,” she said, noting how this concept was then integrated into the design with a tree at the centre.

“It was a very beautiful project,” said Nadya Kovacs, an outreach and program coordinator with the MWCN who spearheaded the project. “The students were very welcoming and the conversations that came out of this were truly amazing.”

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