To commemorate Barriere’s 100th Anniversary in 2014, a legacy piece is planned for the south side wall of the Bandshell.
100th Anniversary Celebration organizer Tasha Buchanan tells about the project, “From Barriere Town Road, one will see a nine foot, aluminum tree in the shape of the District of Barriere’s logo, which, upon closer inspection, will be comprised of over 100 pieces of aluminum plaques, pieced together to form the artistic visual. Each plaque will be uniquely engraved by individuals, community groups, businesses, farms, families, and organizations. Past and present. All pieced together to build a work of art, a community, our valley.”
Buchanan says that starting this coming Monday, June 9, at 9 a.m. “sharp”, individuals, entire families, organizations, area businesses, non-profit groups, associations and/or anyone who feels connected to the community, can purchase a plaque – a piece of the ‘puzzle’ so-to-speak – that will be forever affixed as a showpiece in the center of Barriere to commemorate its’ first 100 years and counting.
Buchanan says there are 126 plaques available for purchase in various shapes and locations, and that they have been color coded on the diagram to indicate the price point of each piece (the actual aluminum plaques will not be colored). The purchase price of a plaque includes personalized engraving. Whether a simple family name occupies the plaque, the names of multiple family members scattered throughout the plaque, a family crest, a ranch brand, a business logo, a business name and establishment date, community group name or agency with or without current/past presidents or chair members, a memorial of a loved one, recognition of a Citizen of the Year and the year of title… the opportunities are endless!
Opportunities are endless, but as Buchanan points out, not the number of plaques.
She advises that now is the time to your family, to your community group, think about which plaque on the tree you’d like to claim, pick up an order form and stop in at the District of Barriere office to reserve the plaque of your choice.
“Plaque reservations will only be accepted starting on June 9, at 9 a.m. sharp,” says Buchanan, “No plaques will be reserved without payment in full – no exceptions.”
The cost of a plaque ranges from $40 for a 3×5 inch to $500 for an 11×8 inch. Sizes are also available in 4×6, 5×6, 6×8, 8×10 and 7×11.
You can find Plaque Reservation and Order Forms at the District Office (4936 Barriere Town Road), online at www.barriere.ca, at AG Foods, IDA, Barriere Employment Centre, Interior Savings and Credit Union, Armour Mountain Office Services and the Star/Journal Office. If you would like more information, call the District office at 250- 672-9751.