North Bay rallies to honour sexual assault survivors

Tristan Whiston, Brigitte Lebel, and Roberta Della-Pica work on pebble mosaic
Tristan Whiston, of Red Dress Productions, Brigitte Lebel, executive director of the Amelia Rising Sexual Assault Centre of Nipissing, and Roberta Della-Picca, of the Sexual Assault Centre of Renfrew, place pebbles in a template for the Countdown Public Art Project in North Bay, Thursday. PJ Wilson/The Nugget

When Tristan Whiston and Andy Trull began holding workshops in Renfrew County to design and build memorials for sexual assault survivors, they weren’t sure what to expect.

“We were cautioned ‘you can’t count success by the number of people who come out,’” Whiston said Friday as he and Trull were getting ready to launch a project at Amelia Rising Sexual Assault Centre in North Bay.

They were expecting some people to turn out.

They just didn’t expect the number who actually did.

“There were droves of people coming in,” Whiston, of Red Dress Productions, said.

“People were very excited. They came in . . . the feeling was tangible.”

Trull and Whiston are working with Brigitte Lebel, executive director of Amelia Rising, and Roberta Della-Picca of the Sexual Assault Centre of Renfrew, to create a pebble mosaic that will be put in a public place in North Bay this summer….

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