Zoom Vigil to Commemorate National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women
December 3, 2020
To: All members in the lower mainland
The New Westminster & District Labour Council is inviting all MoveUP members to join in on a virtual Zoom vigil on Sunday, December 6 starting at 6:00 p.m. to commemorate The National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women.
Among the special guests that will be part of this vigil will be Rachna Singh, the BC NDP MLA for Surrey-Green Timbers and the Parliamentary Secretary for Anti-Racism Initiatives; Sussanne Skidmore, Secretary-Treasurer of the BC Federation of Labour; Louella Vincent, a community support worker and regional vice-president at the Hospital Employees’ Union; Julia MacRae, First Vice-President of the Surrey Teachers Association; and Dr. Balbir Gurm, founding member for the Network to Eliminate Violence.
The National Day of Remembrance was established to commemorate the anniversary of the 1989 École Polytechnique massacre, in which an armed student murdered fourteen young women in a violent act of misogyny.
A private members’ bill, submitted by former NDP MP Dawn Black, led to Parliament designating December 6 as The National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women.
You can learn more about that day’s tragic events, and why we honour their memories here.
We hope you will be able take part in this vigil and to ensure these 14 names will never be forgotten: Geneviève Bergeron, Hélène Colgan, Nathalie Croteau, Barbara Daigneault, Anne-Marie Edward, Maud Haviernick, Maryse Laganière, Maryse Leclair, Anne-Marie Lemay, Sonia Pelletier, Michèle Richard, Annie St-Arneault, Annie Turcotte, and Barbara Klucznik-Widajewicz.
Date: Sunday, December 6, 2020
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Format: Zoom meeting
Christy Slusarenko, VP
MoveUP WRC Chair