Tile project leaves a legacy

The beautiful and varied tiles will be left up permanently, allowing locals a chance to leave their mark on this community in a special way.

The community-made tiles were installed recently at the CRCC.

The Community Recreation & Cultural Centre (CRCC) has been open nearly a year now and has more than met expectations for usage since reopening.

The 14,000 sq. ft. addition opened in October, 2014 and has been well-used since then. Monthly usage reports are consistently up. For example, the August 2015 statistics report registered program revenue is up 56 per cent year to year, tickets / passes sales are up 23 per cent and drop in sales are up 17 per cent. Overall, the total facility usage is up 33.5 per cent comparing 2014 to 2015.

Of course, the expansion came at a price of $2,500,000. As part of fundraising efforts, a tile project was begun for locals to help fill the coffers of the CRCC pot and leave an imprint on the new building at the same time.

The first batch of tiles were installed recently at the CRCC. The beautiful and varied tiles will be left up permanently, allowing locals a chance to leave their mark on this community in a special way.

When the first tile workshop was offered last year, Sheila Robertson was one of the residents who decided to take part. Robertson painted a tile to represent the major events that have shaped her life. There’s a barn to illustrate being born and raised on a dairy farm. She painted symbols to represent her long career in the Royal Canadian Air Force as well as her time spent abroad in walking groups. Lastly, there is a telephone to represent the ‘friendly phone program’. That is a program Robertson has spearheaded since its inception back in 1997. She and two volunteers spend time each week phoning locals in need of a visit.

The tile, she explains, “is sort of my life.”

Sylvia and Ted Fecho also painted a tile. They opted for painting one to represent some of the things they enjoy doing in the area like canoeing and biking. They liked the idea of leaving an imprint, and they spend a lot of time at the CRCC. They love the CRCC and praise the staff for their knowledge and friendliness.

“It certainly helps support the rec complex,” says Ted Fecho. “But at the same time, it leaves a bit of a legacy as well.”

The Fechos say it was a fun thing to do and urge others to participate – “as long as you don’t take it too seriously” to design and paint the perfect tile, says Ted Fecho.

The CRCC is offering another tile workshop Oct. 3. The Community Tile project is an opportunity to paint a ceramic tile to represent your family, your business or your interests. The tiles are kiln-fired and will be installed on the same wall as the first batch of tiles. Recreation supervisor Kimberley Goulet says they hope to fill the wall with tiles. Funds from the Community Tile Project will continue to support the CRCC expansion costs.

Staff from Prism Studio in Chilliwack will be on-hand to guide the project. A 6×6 tile is $50. A 12×12 tile is $90. The workshop takes place Saturday, Oct. 3 from 10-2 p.m. Pre-registration is required; for registration information, call 604-796-8891.

Just Posted

Relationships, continuity top health-care concerns for Agassiz residents

Feedback during Fraser Health events showed access to health care needs to improve

Development on the horizon for Harrison Hot Springs Marina

The property has been the subject of a number development proposals over the years

Chilliwack Players Guild brings first ever radio play to stage

An Affair of Honour is based on a true story, written by the father of a Chilliwack man

‘Big hearts and even bigger feet’: Comedian sends Harrison humour to the silver screen

Jonny Harris will see the town highlighted on his small-town comedy series ‘Still Standing’

More staff being hired at Fraser Valley seniors homes

Number of care hours for residents lags behind provincial targets

VIDEO: Car flies across median, flips over edge of Brunette overpass

Dash cam footage shows a vehicle speeding across a Lower Mainland overpass

Lower Mainland teacher resigned after ‘inappropriate discussions’ with elementary students

Tracy Joseph Fairley resigned from Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows district April 23, 2018

Surrey needs 350 more cops, activist tells council

‘Right now we are 350 police behind what our population requires,’ politicians are told

Indigenous energy summit includes session on pipeline ownership options

Steven Saddleback of the Indian Resource Council says a session will feature presentations on financing models

Japanese grand champion Kisenosato retires from sumo

The 32-year-old Kisenosato was the first Japanese-born wrestler in 19 years to gain promotion to sumo’s highest rank

UPDATE: Accused B.C. high school killer found fit to stand trial

Gabriel Klein is accused in the 2016 stabbing death of Letisha Reimer at Abbotsford Senior Secondary

Right-wing, neo-Nazi, white supremacist groups an increasing concern: Goodale

Ten people died in April 2018 when Alek Minassian allegedly drove a rental van down the busy stretch in Toronto

Where mattresses go to die

Mattress Recycling opens the largest of its kind mattress-recycling facility in Hope

Canadian stock exchanges to conduct lottery for ‘POT’ ticker amid high demand

The symbol became available after fertilizer Potash Corp. officially merged with Agrium Inc. in early 2018

Most Read