Original to the GTA News
The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) held a vigil at their headquarters in Orillia Dec. 6, in honour of the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women. The event was a tribute to the 14 women murdered in 1989 at École Polytechnique de Montréal and those who have experienced gender-based violence across the province.
Speakers at the ceremony included Priscilla de Villiers, a national advocate for crime victim matters and founder of Canadians Against Violence Everywhere Advocating its Termination (CAVEAT). Villiers, who tragically lost her own daughter to a sexual predator, is also the co-founder and executive director of the Victim Justice Network (VJN).
An arrangement of 14 roses, one for each of the victims of the Dec. 6, 1989 killings at École Polytechnique de Montréal was placed next to 14 candles. A single white rose was laid on top of the red roses, in remembrance of the victims across Ontario who have lost their lives to gender-based violence.
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(Pictured above: National advocate against violence against women, Priscilla de Villiers, speaking Dec. 6 at the OPP ceremony held at their headquarters in Barrie)