2 Zoom presentations for Culture Days 2020

The North Van City Mosaic is a community public art project developed by the members of the Mayor’s Healthiest Small City Social Resiliency Collective.

Local visual artist Sandrine Pelissier and expressive art therapist Sophie Babeanu invite everyone who lives, works, or plays in the City of North Vancouver to contribute to building an online digital mosaic; submit an image of a drawing, painting, or photograph, along with an optional description, to represent your experience living in the time of COVID-19!

It is a way for the community of North Vancouver city to come together, share and reflect on their experience of living in a time of pandemic. It is also a way to document and remember these extraordinary times.

Because the project is online based, it allows a wide audience to participate in a safe way.

We will hold 3 live stream events on Zoom to present the project, explain how to participate and give ideas to participants about what pictures or text they could share.

SAT 03 OCT 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Join our team for a presentation of the North Van City Mosaic Project. We will show you some examples of entries and explain how to participate.

There will be a live demo of simple drawing techniques to warm you up and give you ideas, like drawing with your non dominant hand, blind contour drawing, scribbling.

We will also show you a simple monoprint technique that you can use to draw a self portrait. It is a very easy and fun technique that everyone can do, including children.

You can just watch or participate live. If you chose to participate, you will need:

  • Paper (printer paper is ok)
  • Pencil, markers or fine liners, or any art supply you have
  • A small mirror
  • A spray bottle with water
  • Washable felt tips pen in a few colors.
  • A subject to draw, like a coffee cup or a vase, a plant…..

Armed with all those ideas, we will then give you some time to think about what you want to share on the mosaic. The following zoom session on Oct 4th will give you all the information if you need help with uploading your form.

SUN 04 OCT 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM: We will show you on the computer screen how to fill out the form, the notification email, how to find your picture on the mosaic, and how to share it on social media. We would then take any questions you might have.


SAT 03 OCT 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

SUN 04 OCT 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

City Press Release of Collective Initiatives

News Release Office of the Mayor

August 24, 2020

Mayor Linda Buchanan celebrates new projects aimed at building community resiliency and strengthening connection

NORTH VANCOUVER – Mayor Linda Buchan convened the “Mayor’s Healthiest Small City Social Resiliency Collective” in June to respond to gaps in the community’s social infrastructure that has been illuminated by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Collective has developed 5 “quick-start” actions that will strengthen community resiliency, particularly among different vulnerable populations. 

“All people in our community need to feel welcomed and included,” said Mayor Linda Buchanan. “The quick-starts developed by the Collective will be geared towards serving vulnerable and socially isolated people. These initiatives will facilitate new community connections as well as create a space for people to have their voices and stories heard.”

The “quick-starts” that are underway in the community are: 

  1. COVID-19 Community Connection Mosaic: individual story-telling through images, organized into a community public art mosaic that explores residents’ experiences.
  2. CityAlive: ‘pop-up’ performances to animate outdoor public spaces.
  3. NorthVanStories: captures and shares digital stories to foster deeper, more meaningful connections between individuals and communities across the City. 
  4. Hello Neighbour: a postcard campaign that encourages City of North Vancouver residents to connect with one another and ‘say hello.’
  5. Expanding Technology Access: strengthens connection and reduces isolation by improving access for those with limited access to internet hardware and Wi-Fi.

“Through COVID-19 we have seen unprecedented levels of hope, spirit, civic engagement, and generosity. We have also seen the veil lifted on the many challenges cities face, including poverty, homelessness, food insecurity and social isolation. How we respond as a community is important,” added Mayor Buchanan.

Establishing the Mayor’s Healthiest Small City Social Resiliency Collective was aided by a total of $22,500 in grant funding awarded by the West Vancouver Foundation and North Vancouver Foundation for project facilitation and management.

The Collective is a shared leadership model that allows members to act together to achieve common goals for a healthy city. Members of the Collective represent leaders from non-profit service providers, faith communities, public health, community members, and the arts and culture sector.


Media Contact: Tamara Connor  Office of the Mayor City of North Vancouver tconnor@cnv.org  778-836-4330