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Day of Remembrance ceremony held in Truro

Jackie Waugh lit the candles during the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women ceremony at the Marigold Cultural Centre on Tuesday.
Jackie Waugh lit the candles during the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women ceremony at the Marigold Cultural Centre on Tuesday.

TRURO, N.S. – Soup, conversation and ceremony were on the menu for the local National Day of Remembrance gathering.

About 50 people were at the Marigold Cultural Centre for the event, the first time it has been held indoors. Local organizations set up displays and Darl Wood related her experience working on a helpline on Dec. 6, 1989 when 14 women were shot and killed at École Polytechnique in Montreal.

“We come together today to honour 14 young women whose lives were cut short by misogyny,” she said. “These precious souls were murdered because they were women and because they were perceived to be feminists.”

About 50 people were at the Marigold Cultural Centre for the event, the first time it has been held indoors. Local organizations set up displays and Darl Wood related her experience working on a helpline on Dec. 6, 1989 when 14 women were shot and killed at École Polytechnique in Montreal.

“We come together today to honour 14 young women whose lives were cut short by misogyny,” she said. “These precious souls were murdered because they were women and because they were perceived to be feminists.”

Jackie Waugh’s artwork, showing her healing journey after abuse, was on public display for the first time. She was nervous at the beginning of the day but by the end of the memorial she was glad she took part, as many people talked to her about how her work resonated with them.

Sam Madore signs one of the posters at the National Day of Remembrance ceremony. The remembrance posters will be on display in the Central Nova Women’s Centre.

Jamie Alcorn has attended many of the local memorials.

“I remember when it happened and this is a way to honour them and look at the whole picture,” she said. “The more we talk, the more people will realize violence isn’t acceptable.”

Julie Crouse, executive director of the Central Nova Women’s Resource Centre, feels it’s important to hold events like the memorial.

“As a women’s centre we really want to ensure events bringing violence against women to light continue. I would like to get to the point where we don’t need to do these. I don’t think I’ll see it in my lifetime but I hope it takes place during my daughter’s lifetime.”

lynn.curwin@tc.tc

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