SUDBURY – The Cambrian College Women’s Resource Centre will be hosting its annual Violence Against Women Vigil on Tuesday, December 5 in Cambrian’s Student Life Centre. The event, which will be held from 9 a.m. – 11 a.m., is held in remembrance of the 14 women who were killed by gunman Marc Lepine, who also took his own life in the Montréal massacre at École Polytechnique on December 6, 1989.
The vigil brings staff and students together to reinforce commitments to end violence and discrimination, not only against women, but others who struggle to gain acceptance. Commemorating innocent victims of violence and discrimination reminds current students and staff to value inclusivity and to protect equal rights.
“In 1989, women’s rights had come so far. When he (Lepine) walked into that school, he tried to take some of that progress away, but by remembering these women and their lives, we take it back and continue to move forward into a society where everyone is equal,” says Cassandra Secord, student assistant in the Women’s Resource Centre and coordinator of the vigil.
The vigil will include information about the massacre, resources for anyone experiencing violence, and candle decorating. The event will end with a moment of silence to honour the victims.
About Cambrian’s Women’s Resource Centre
Cambrian’s Women’s Resource Centre offers peer support and access to resources, in a safe, relaxing environment for all staff and students.
Women’s Resource Centre Assistant
Communications Officer Cambrian College
705-566-8101, ext. 6375