“On behalf of the Municipality of North Grenville, we join with Canadians across the country to remember and reflect on the fourteen women who lost their lives in the École Polytechnique massacre in 1989. On this day, a gunman entered a classroom at École Polytechnique Montréal, and killed 14 women as an intentional act of gender-based violence.
Today, we honour these 14 women: 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.
As is the case every year, Municipal Flags have been lowered to half-mast.
Council recognizes that gender-based violence continues to be a reality in our community and our country. Unfortunately, the pandemic has amplified vulnerability to and incidents of family violence - and many women and children have faced a heightened risk of partner-related violence and abuse.
Locally, Victim Services of Leeds and Grenville has reported an increase in calls related to intimate partner and family violence since the beginning of COVID.
As Mayor of North Grenville, alongside Council colleagues, community partners and municipal staff, we strive for a community where everyone has a safe place to work and call home.
Consequently, the Municipality of North Grenville has provided annual funding to Victim Services of Leeds & Grenville for enhanced local community support here in North Grenville.
In April, Minister Steve Clark also announced funding for the establishment of a mobile sexual assault unit whereby any resident (regardless of gender) of Leeds and Grenville can access 24/7 supports in the event of a sexual assault. Male and female survivors of past sexual trauma (including child sexual abuse) can also access this service.
This long-awaited development closes an important service gap in this region.
Every single one of us have a role to play in helping to prevent and address gender-based violence by remembering and learning from our past, listening to survivors, speaking up against harmful behaviour and getting families the crucial supports they need.
If you or someone you know is in need of support, please reach out. Together, we can create the conditions for families, schools, workplaces and a community that is free of violence.
- Victim Services of Leeds & Grenville 1-800-939-7682 | http://vslg.ca
- Leeds & Grenville Interval House 1-800-267-4409 http://lgih.ca
- Assaulted Women’s Helpline 1-866-863-0511 Text #SAFE (#7233) www.awhl.org/
- Assault Response & Care Centre 1-800-567-7415 www.arc-c.ca/
- Children’s Mental Health of Leeds and Grenville 1-800-809-2494 www.cmhlg.ca/
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