Phase I Paula Slater & Doug Bergeron
This is a perfect picture to explain how "a thought/idea" can become a "reality"!

The Chapter wanted to do something special in memory of George Bergeron and to give many thanks to Doug & Sandra Bergeron for their most generous gift of One Million Dollars to the MS Society of Canada (50% for Research & 50% to be used by the Windsor-Essex Chapter for special programs), over a 10 year period. This is when the idea of a "Healing Garden" was thought to be appropriate since George loved gardening!

We had tossed the idea around with Eleanor and Doug Bergeron and they loved it! Doug had then contacted us about wanting to donate to the garden, a life-size bronze sculpture of his Dad, to be a suprise for his Mom. THAT'S when the fun began!

Doug interviewed many artists and knew as soon as he saw Paula Slater's work and her personal feelings about MS, that she was the one for the job. Paula was given a series of pictures and was visited by Doug & Sandra on occassion to peruse the progress of the sculpture.

Still, no one knew about this but Doug's siblings and the Board of Directors of the chapter. The secret was kept extremely well by the few that knew about it!

In summary, Doug had a dream & Paula made it happen! Together they made our chapter's "Healing Garden" project that much more special not to just us, but to the community at large!