As a city, Greater Sudbury strives for acceptance and inclusion, said Mayor Brian Bigger.
Diversity means something different to every person, he said. That's why the city embraces that which makes each resident different.
“Our city is best when we all belong,” Bigger said, during the unveiling of the city's Diversity Plaque at Tom Davies Square.
The plaque design was developed by the city's Newcomer Immigration Refugee Advisory Panel as a promise to accept the differences every resident, regardless of where they come from, he said. The city's Diversity Policy and Statement was developed in 2014 by the Diversity Advisory Panel, Leonard Kim, past chair of the city's Diversity Advisory Panel, told Sudbury.com.
Ward 9 Coun. Deb McIntosh is co-chair of the panel. She said city council wanted to have the words of the diversity policy posted across the city to highlight the message of inclusion.
“Our strength in Sudbury is our diversity, and the broader the diversity, the stronger we are. Everyone has a different point of view, and when we bring a wide variety of those viewpoints to the same table, we will make better decisions for this city.”
The plaque features the same mural that is on a brick wall on Elgin Street, between Durham Street and Larch Street. It's the old Roy's Furniture building. If you are familiar with the downtown, chances are you've seen it.
But, like McIntosh, who travels that route regularly, you may have stopped noticing it after a time. She said even though she has been driving that way for many year, she just stopped seeing the mural, because it was always there, and it just became a part of the background.
“When someone brought the idea of including it in the mural, I thought it was the perfect example (of diversity),” she said.
The main plaque will be located at Tom Davies Square, however, smaller plaques will be put up in many other municipal buildings throughout Greater Sudbury.