Joanne High

Photo credit: Sgt Serge Gouin, Rideau Hall
© 2008 Office of the Secretary to the Governor General of Canada

Esther Bryan, artist /director of Quilt of Belonging was especially honoured this past week when a little package arrived from the Governor Generals’ Office. Enclosed were compliments from Her Excellency and a lovely selection of photos taken in Quebec City, on the occasion of her special viewing of the Quilt.

Her Excellency the Right Honorable Michaëlle Jean , Governor General of Canada was captivated with the project. She extended her visit to take the time to study the individual blocks of this 120 foot textile mosaic, to hear the stories of the block makers and learn how this mammoth project was made by Bryan and hundreds of volunteers.

Her Excellency commented that the vision and ideals of Quilt of Belonging truly reflect her own vision and hopes for Canada. Admiring the beautiful tapestry, Her Excellency explained that she sees the Quilt as an ambassador to our country and to the world, carrying the powerful message “ A place for all in the human tapestry”. Her Excellency wrote “This extraordinary mosaic marvelously represents the harmony and compassion that weaves together the fabric of our Canadian diversity.” Her Excellency was presented with a copy of Quilt of Belonging book. She left a permanent record of her wonderful visit by graciously autographing the large, colourful signatory book which travels with the Quilt.

Quilt of Belonging has been exhibited in 20 locations coast to coast and has been seen by over a million people and continues to draw enthusiastic crowds wherever it travels.

A special exhibit of Quilt of Belonging marking the 10th Anniversary of the start of the project will be held in Cornwall, May 10th to May 18th. The display will at the Cornwall Civic Complex. For information visit