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Engineers keep memories alive

Debut of choral piece helps mark National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women.

  • Placng a rose in the vase
    An engineering student places a rose in a vase after reading a brief outline of one of the victims of the Dec. 6, 1989 killings of 14 women at l’École Polytechnique. (University Communications)
  • Rose and Candle ceremony
    A group of 13 engineering students and a staff member represented the 14 victims of the Dec. 6, 1989 killings of 14 women at l’École Polytechnique during Friday's memorial ceremony. (University Communications)
  • Choir Performance
    EngChoir debuts the choral piece "Chrysalides", co-written by fourth-year engineering student and EngChoir Director Monet Slinowsky, right. (University Communications)
  • Lynann Clapham
    Professor and Associate Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science Lynann Clapham talks about her own experiences as an engineer, a field often dominated by men. (University Communications)
  • Tiffanie Bankosky
    Tiffanie Bankosky, a fourth-year engineering student and ceremony organizer, speaks during the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women. (University Communications)

In a solemn ceremony on Thursday, the Queen’s community remembered the 14 women killed at Montreal’s l’École Polytechnique on Dec. 6 1989.

During the annual event, organized and hosted by the Engineering Society of Queen’s University, 13 female engineering students and one staff member held red roses, lit white candles, and read a brief outline of each of the victims.

A new addition to the ceremony was the EngChoir’s debut performance of the choral piece Chrysalides, co-written by fourth-year engineering student and EngChoir Director Monet Slinowsky. Read this Gazette article for more about the creation of the piece.

The event was attended by dozens of Queen’s community members, including students, faculty, staff, and administration members.

Twelve female engineering students, a nurse, and a faculty member were killed in the 1989 massacre. Three years after the attack, Dec. 6 was declared the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women.