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Deer Lake's inclusion cube will be a symbol of pride, says deputy mayor

This is a model of the inclusion cube The Town of Deer Lake plans to install outside the Hodder Memorial Recreation Complex.
This is a model of the inclusion cube The Town of Deer Lake plans to install outside the Hodder Memorial Recreation Complex. - Roxanne Ryland photo

Ironically, many local residents already call the area of town where Deer Lake will erect an inclusion cube the “pride of the town.”

That name comes from a monument near the flagpole outside of the Hodder Memorial Complex honouring the town’s volunteers.

The pride in the space will take on a new flavour when the inclusion cube, an installment recognizing the town’s support for people from all walks of life, including those from the gay community, is installed there.

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Announced a few weeks ago as an alternative to painting a rainbow crosswalk in support of diverse sexual identities, the cube will feature a number of panels local residents, businesses or organizations can purchase to show their support of inclusivity in Deer Lake.

But the cube will go beyond sexuality and will also represent inclusion of any marginalized group of people, whether they have a mental illness or a lifestyle not shared by the majority.

Deputy Mayor Mike Goosney, who came up with the idea, said several groups have formally contacted the town to be part of the project and he knows of at least a dozen more who have expressed interest to him directly.

The cube is currently under construction and Goosney expects it should be finished by the end of September.

“I think the interest in it will ramp up once it has been built,” he said.

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