December 6 is National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women in Canada.
Established in 1991, this day marks the anniversary of the murders in 1989 of 14 young women at l'École Polytechnique de Montréal.
Optimism Place Women’s Shelter and Support Services will be holding a ceremony that day to honour the lives of those 14 young women. The ceremony begins at 6:30 p.m. on the steps of City Hall with the reading of the victims’ names.
At 7 p.m., participants will be invited into the auditorium for the presentation of 14 individual red roses and an open discussion lead by
Katie Neu from Bullying Canada and Megan Miller from Optimism Place.
They will be speaking about actions that can be taken to eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls including bullying, in schools, the work place and domestic life.
The evening will come to a close at 8:30 p.m. with hot chocolate and cake. The event is free to the public.