On Friday, December 4 at 1 p.m., Fanshawe College students, staff and community members will remember those whose lives have been forever changed by gender-based violence, two days before the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women. Sunday, December 6 marks the 26th anniversary of the 1989 shooting at Montreal's École Polytechnique.
WHAT: Remembrance and Action memorial vigil in honour of École Polytechnique victims and Canada's missing and murdered Indigenous women
WHEN: Friday, December 4 at 1 p.m.
WHERE: T Building second-floor mezzanine, Fanshawe College, London Campus (please see campus map)
Linda Davis, External Advisor to the Ministry of Labour Gender Wage Gap Steering Committee, will speak to students and staff about her experiences advocating for working women's rights. Linda's biography is included below.
The memorial vigil will also feature student volunteers lighting candles and laying roses to honour each of the 14 École Polytechnique victims, as well as ceremonial drummers performing in honour of everyone impacted by violence against women.
"We remember the victims of the 1989 shootings and honour all the sacrifices made to help change our society," says Candice Lawrence, a counsellor at Fanshawe and one of the event organizers. "Violence means that someone is robbed of dignity, safety and sense of self. As a community, we at Fanshawe want to change that by giving a voice to victims of gender-based violence and reflecting on how we can contribute to a society free from abusive and violent behaviour."
National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women:
On December 6, 1989, an armed man walked into Montreal's École Polytechnique and murdered 14 women. As a result, Parliament declared the anniversary of this day a National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women. It is a time to reflect on ending violence against women in our society, and to remember all women who live daily with the threat of violence or who have died because of gender-based violence.
Linda Davis is the External Advisor to the Ministry of Labour Gender Wage Gap Steering Committee. She is the past President of the Business and Professional Women (BPW) of Ontario and current National Vice President, as well as the Ontario Equal Pay Coalition representative on the board. BPW is a non-partisan feminist organization which promotes the interests of working women locally, nationally and internationally. Through BPW, Linda has been working to improve the lives of women in our society for more than 20 years. Linda has worked at Fanshawe College's London Campus in a variety of roles for almost 30 years. She is currently the work team coordinator for the information and customer service team in the Office of the Registrar. Linda has two grown daughters who both work in the health care field and four grandsons who love her very much.
For more information, please contact Fanshawe's Corporate Communications.