December 6, 2011

National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women on December 6

December 6 is the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women in Canada. Established in 1991 by the Parliament of Canada, this day marks the anniversary of the murders in 1989 of 14 young women at École polytechnique de Montréal. They died because they were women.

As well as commemorating the 14 young women whose lives ended in an act of gender-based violence that shocked the nation, December 6 represents an opportunity for Canadians to reflect on the phenomenon of violence against women in our society. It is also an opportunity to consider the women and girls for whom violence is a daily reality, and to remember those who have died as a result of gender-based violence. And finally, it is a day on which communities can consider concrete actions to eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls.

Orientation Session for Facilitators in Montreal
The Quebec and National Capital Regions (NCR) welcomed 18 new facilitators including those from the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), the Canada Employment and Immigration Union and the Joint Learning Program. Linda Iezzi, and Alex Roussakis, Regional Coordinators, NCR, and Carolle Lajoie and Manon Bouchard, Regional Coordinators, Quebec Region, welcomed the new facilitators.

Stephane Lemieux, Eric St-Laurent, Stephanie Cliche, Stephane Carrier, Robert Martel, Idelta Vieira, Anouchka Chagnon, Isabelle Paradis, Sophie Mailhot andJoseph Benjamin will act as facilitator in the Quebec Region, while Lina Boucher andMelanie Lafontaine will do in the NCR.

Eric De Bellefeuille and Patrick Toupin, CBSA Quebec Region and Nicole Allard, Chantal Tougas, Roowdy Duré and Mélanie Buissière, CBSA, NCR will facilitate workshops under the MOU.

The orientation of the facilitators was held in Montreal from November 28 to December 2, 2011. The session was facilitated by Marcia Vergara (Citizenship and Immigration Canada) and Monique Bernier (Services Canada).

Participants to the Orientation Session; from left to right,
Stéphanie Cliche, Passport Canada; Sophie Mailhot, Transport Canada, 
Anouchka Chagnon, Human Resources and Social Development Canada, 
Chantal Tougas, Canada Border Services Agency, and Idelta Vieira, National Defense.

All the participants