Mystery doors bring a message of awareness to Central Nova Scotia

Published on August 23, 2017

Mysterious doors, including this one set up in Truro’s civic square, popped up throughout the region in recent weeks. The doors, created by the Chignecto Central Regional School Board, represent openness and acceptance.

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TRURO, N.S. – The secret behind the mysterious doors set up around the province has been solved, and a message of openness and acceptance lies behind them.

The seven coloured doors that cast a cloud of confusion over central Nova Scotia were set up by the Chignecto-Central Regional School Board to represent the five pillars of social justice and bring awareness to bullying.

“The mystery doors are symbolic of open door, open mind,” said Gary Adams, superintendent and CEO of the CCRSB.

The sudden, random appearance of the doors sent a wave of confusion across Truro and other communities, with numerous posts online by curious people asking for information about the doors’ meaning.

“The doors have created quite a buzz with everyone wondering what they are about. We wanted to attract attention to an event that addresses so many important issues for our students,” said Adams.

The doors were set up to promote the school board’s annual anti-bullying event, Stand Up. Speak Out., which focuses on social justice and bullying awareness.

This year’s theme for the presentation is ‘What’s your story?’

“We have to recognize the complexity of bullying,” said Adams.

“It is through our stories that we know each other, that we build relationships and empathy. If we know someone's story, we are more likely to treat them with respect and understanding.”

The doors will stay where they are until Sept. 14, when they will be placed in CCRSB schools for students to decorate.

In May, they will become part of a social justice art installation.

Stand Up. Speak Out. will be held at the Cobequid Educational Centre in Truro on Sept. 14, and more information on the event will be available in September.