Woman’s passion turns into a message of healing

By Emily Plihal  Local Journalism Initiative Reporter Honouring the children who never returned home, and survivors of residential schools, is a way to help people heal, in the eyes of Peace River artist Judy Ducharme. Her breathtaking artistry has graced the crosswalk near the Treaty 8 Memorial at Riverfront Park. She has graciously painted a crosswalk the last two years to help family, friends, and people in the community in their healing process. “The crosswalks are not so much in memory as they are for healing,” explains Ducharme. “As a daughter of a residential school survivor, I know the ripple effect is felt for generations. We never want to forget the children we have lost, and we know the survivors live in the memory daily and for all of this,…

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