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Queen's community commemorates anniversary of Montreal Massacre

 
2011-12-05

Two campus memorials are planned for Canada’s National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women this Tuesday.

“The tragic events 22 years ago brought attention to issues of gender diversity, such as the role of women in the traditionally male-dominated fields of science and engineering,” says Jenna Thygesen, president of Women in Science and Engineering – Queen’s University (WISE) and a fourth-year Life Sciences student. “The Montreal Massacre shaped the world I have grown up in and my university experience. The memorial events commemorate the 14 women who lost their lives, promote awareness of violence against women, and challenge students and the community at large to take action.”

The Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science and the Engineering Society have co-organized an event to remember the 14 women engineering students who were killed at Ecole Polytechnique in 1989. Dean Kimberly Woodhouse will speak at a rose ceremony in remembrance of the victims. This memorial will take place in the atrium of the Integrated Learning Centre (Beamish-Munro Hall) at 1 pm.

Queen’s and Kingston community members will gather for a memorial and candlelight vigil at the Biosciences Complex beginning at 6 pm. The Society of Graduate and Professional Students (SGPS) and WISE are involved in organizing the vigil along with several other Kingston groups.

More information about the memorial and candlelight vigil can be found online.
 

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