"Cowardice asks the question...is it safe? Expediency asks the question...is it politic? Vanity asks the question...is it popular? But conscience asks the question...is it right? And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular but one must take it because it is right." ~Dr. Martin Luther King

Wednesday 27 April 2011

Something To Share...

April 24. 2011

Dear Mayor Dawe,
The core of any society lies in the cultural achievements of its community.  Culture is what survives in the accomplishments of a people – what we write, depict, sing about and build – not our wars, petty disputes, passing fads or careless concerns.  Culture is the best of what we do.  That is why it is laudable that the city of Aurora has chosen to honour the meaningful activities of people by investing in the Aurora Cultural Centre.
I cannot begin to count the ways in which Aurora is extremely fortunate to have the capable and inspirational leadership of Laura Schembri and her team who work indefatigably at this cultural centre.  These people have a powerful, world-class vision of an inclusive and thoughtful community which wants meaningful experiences to educate all who come to the centre. In just one year, they have brought superb programs in music, art, and literature to both young and old alike; they have opened the eyes of the soul to the insights of visual artists through powerful art exhibitions in their galleries and hallways; they have celebrated the artistic efforts of even one small boy whose only  goal is to give to the less fortunate.
My solo exhibition at the Aurora Cultural Centre, “Who Am I? In Search of an Answer” is coming to a close.  My personal journey to finding identity is a controversial one and I commend Laura Schembri and her staff for sharing my story with the public, enthusiastically and with courage.  Laura has a passion for the telling of truth and does not waver from her convictions.  You have an Executive Director who deserves huge acccolades for her dedication and very hard work.
I, for one, as a member of the Aurora community, thank you for your commitment to a high quality of education through the generous funding of this unique cultural centre. I know that you will continue to cherish the work by these people and their valuable role in making Aurora a great community in which I am proud to live.
Thank you for your foresight and vision.
Lillian Michiko Blakey
Past President, The Ontario Society of Artistsggdaweg


The Culture Centre has filed their financial statement with the town.  In  the year 2011. they have budgeted for a $100Ks deficit.

They have a building for which they pay no rent. Maintenance of $143Ks is provided by the town. They will received $346Ks of your tax dollars to spend . They are planning to over-spend that by $100Ks.  

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