This particular story began when a renowned local nurse—Bonnie Kearns—went to New York City shortly after the 9/11 attacks, serving as part of a team of medical professionals sent by the Canadian Red Cross.
During that time, Kearns was invited to go through a collection of drawings made by children from around the world, taking home what she wanted.
Kearns donated the drawings to Canada's Emergency Preparedness College, and subsequently, as part of the 10 year anniversary of 9/11, the drawings had been loaned to the University of Akron, Ohio, where one of Kearns' daughters and sons-in-law teach.
But before they could be returned, the college closed, part of a move to have provinces take over that training function.
Kearns approached Ron Sparling, a professor at the Lambton College Fire and Safety Centre of Excellence, to see if there was an interest in displaying the work.
Sparling jumped at the opportunity.