December 4, 2020
NORTH GRENVILLE - Mayor Nancy Peckford issued the following statement on the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women.
“On behalf of myself and my Council colleagues, we join with Canadians across the country to reflect on this day over 30 years ago when 14 young women were murdered at Polytechnique Montréal.
As such, Municipal Flags will be lowered to half-mast on Sunday, December 6 in honour of the tragedy. We need to remember and acknowledge the women and girls for whom gender-based violence continues to be a reality.
We recognize that rates of family violence were already high prior to the pandemic. Now more than ever many women and girls face a heightened risk of partner-related violence and abuse while isolated at home.
The National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women on December 6 serves as an opportunity to act.
As Mayor of North Grenville, my Council colleagues and our municipal staff strive for a community where everyone has a safe place to work and call home.
If you or someone you know is in need of support, please reach out.
In April, the Municipality of North Grenville announced annual funding to Victim Services of Leeds & Grenville for enhanced local community support. We are also working with the Leeds and Grenville Interval House to increase their presence in our community.
Every single one of us has a role to play in helping to prevent and address gender-based violence by remembering and learning from our past, listening to survivors, and speaking up against harmful behaviour.”
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