Wall honouring Mosaic Place, YaraCentre donors unveiled
Bona Smith is proud to see her grandkids' faces peering back at her from the Builder's Wall in Mosaic Place.
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Bona Smith points to the photograph of her grandkids holding out the allowances they donated to the Mosaic Place and YaraCentre fund more than a decade ago.
The Builder's Wall is a series of screens displaying the donors who helped make Mosaic Place and YaraCentre a reality with their fundraising dollars.
On it, everyone who donated upwards of $500 is listed, with a number of tiers separating individual donors.
The companies, governments and other groups who donated many thousands of dollars are recognized with special slides that present information about themselves.
Smith was one of dozens of guests on hand to see the wall unveiled Saturday evening, and was delighted to see a photograph of her two grandchildren holding out their allowances — which they donated to the multiplex project in its infancy more than a decade ago — was one of the pictures framing the screens.
"I'm very proud. This facility is something that my whole family wanted," said Smith. "I come from a hockey family from Moose Jaw. I have three brothers who played hockey here … so it was important for us to have this rink."
Mayor Deb Higgins said she was delighted to see the wall, which surpassed her expectations.
"A lot of people thought it might be a plaque on the wall with names listed and nice comments about a few donors," she said. "To see it done in this digital format, with the amount of information that's available, is great."
And the wall isn't quite complete, as donors still have a chance to get their name on it.
"There could be a lot of people, especially at that $500 level, who think, 'I'd like to leave my legacy on that building,'" said Shelley Jones, co-chair of the Multiplex Builders' Fundraising Committee. "They can still contact me or the city if they remain interested in making a donation."