LINDSAY: A commemorative mural project entitled ‘The Home Front’ was unveiled to the public on Friday, May 13 at the Boys and Girls Club of Kawartha Lakes gymnasium. The project was completed between September 2015 and March 2016 through a partnership between the Department of Canadian Heritage, the Trillium Lakelands District School Board, the royal Canadian Legion - Branch 67, and mural artists Allan Bender and John Nobrega.
According to Scott Robertson of the Boys and Girls Club, the mural “is intended as a vehicle by which future generations can learn about the sacrifices made by Canadians and recognize the accomplishments of Canadians during the World Wars.”
Several students that helped with the painting of the mural were also on hand to celebrate the unveiling of the mural. “The mural will instruct our youth on what life was like during the World Wars and beautify the building for many years to come,” added Mr. Robertson.
One of the main features of the mural is a depiction of First World War pilot Lieutenant Earl Douglas Gordon who received his wings at Canadian Forces Base Borden. Lieutenant Gordon’s son Bill Gordon and grand daughter Kristy Gordon were on hand to thank all those involved for taking the time out to get to know their family and immortalizing Lieutenant Gordon for years to come. “I am very overwhelmed right now. I think he would be very touched,” said Kristy Gordon. Kristy also thanked the students involved in helping to paint the mural. “I am incredibly proud of our students. I am so impressed with how real that photo is,” said Ms. Gordon before passing the mic over to her father, Bill Gordon, who also took the time out to thank the students and the Boys and Girls Club. “I would like to congratulate the Boys and Girls Club for taking on this initiative,” said Mr. Gordon.
Another main feature of the mural is a depiction of unsung hero, Chief Johnston Paudash, who came from a long line of great warriors of the Missisauga Nation and served as a sniper during the First World War. and one of the great Chiefs of his community. Chief Paudash’s family was on site to thank all those involved in celebrating Chief Paudash. “It is a privilege to see such a beautiful painting of my husband’s grand father,” said wife of Chief Paudash’s grandson Don. “I am honoured to share some stories of this great Aboriginal man and want to let you know he loved living in Lindsay, and always called it his home and thank you for honouring the Paudash’s this way,” she continued.
The gymnasium mural as well as the mural on the outside of the Boys and Girls Club building were painted by Allan Bender and John Nobrega of Blinc Studios.
They can be seen at The Boys and Girls Club at 107 Lindsay St S., in Lindsay in the Kawartha Lakes.