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A Call to Remember is a Call to Work for Change

R.C.M.P. Constable Simon Hriech of the St. Pierre-Joly Detachment
(photo by Emily Summach)
 Left to Right: Meghan, Alexandra (organizer of the event), and Stephanie (missing is Hayley, another grad who also works at Agape).
(photo by Emily Summach)

WINNIPEG - Fifty-five Providence University College students, staff, and faculty gathered together on the Otterburne campus on Dec. 6th to participate in the annual vigils held across Canada to commemorate the 1989 Montreal Massacre of 14 female students at École Polytechnique. Hosted by Agape House in Steinbach, Alexandra and Stephanie (both staff members at Agape), each spoke of the continued need to work toward the elimination of gender-based violence. Cameron McKenzie, Dean of Providence University College, responded by reminding everyone present of the need to remember the tragic events of 1989 in order to ensure that we continue to work towards preventing current violence in society, noting that education was one of the most effective means of doing so. R.C.M.P. Constable Simon Hriech of the St. Pierre-Joly Detachment closed the vigil by reading the names of the 14 women murdered in 1989, followed by the names of all the women murdered in Manitoba in the past year as well. Four Social Science alumnae of Providence University College are current staff members at Agape House: Alexandra, Stephanie, Meghan, and Hayley.

Agape invited the quilting community to contribute a heart block to honour this year's victims of gender violence, and the quilt pictured on the right is the result. Alexandra said that “The Quilt is a visual reminder of the support that exists in our communities." People were invited to sign it in honour of those who have suffered gender violence this year.

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