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December 5, 2014

JIBC to honour National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

JIBC flags at half-mast in memory of the 14 young women murdered at École Polytechnique 25 years ago

Today and over the weekend, JIBC flags will be flying at half-mast in memory of the 14 young women who were singled out because of their gender and murdered on December 6, 1989 at l'École Polytechnique de Montréal.

Nearly all of these young women were engineering students and were at various stages of their studies and careers:

  • Geneviève Bergeron, 21, second-year engineering student;
  • Hélène Colgan, graduating mechanical engineering student;
  • Nathalie Croteau, 23, graduating mechanical engineering student;
  • Barbara Daigneault, 22, graduating mechanical engineering student;
  • Anne-Marie Edward, 21, chemical engineering student;
  • Maud Haviernick, 29, second-year metallurgical engineering student;
  • Barbara Klucznik-Widajewicz, 31, first-year nursing student who arrived in Montreal from Poland with her husband in 1987;
  • Maryse Laganière, 25, budget clerk in the finance department of École Polytechnique;
  • Maryse Leclair, fourth-year metallurgy student;
  • Anne-Marie Lemay, 22, fourth-year mechanical engineering student;
  • Sonia Pelletier, 28, graduating mechanical engineering student;
  • Michèle Richard, 21, second-year metallurgical engineering student;
  • Annie St-Arneault, graduating mechanical engineering student;
  • Annie Turcotte, 20, first-year metallurgical engineering student.

In 1991, the Parliament of Canada established December 6 as the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women.

JIBC President and CEO Dr. Michel Tarko said, “As an institution dedicated to providing the education and training for professionals whose work helps build safe, secure and healthy communities, this day has a special poignancy for everyone here at JIBC.”

It is estimated that almost 60,000 women experience sexual and physical violence each year in B.C. 

JIBC is committed to providing first responders, counsellors, social workers and other frontline justice and public safety professionals, with the knowledge and skills needed to help eliminate violence against women and provide support to victims through its educational programs and applied research.

About Justice Institute of British Columbia 

Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC) is Canada’s leading public safety educator. Our specialized programs lead to certificates, diplomas, bachelor’s degrees and graduate certificates in Policing, Investigations, Emergency Management, Firefighting, Paramedicine, Sheriffs, Corrections, Counselling, Leadership, Mediation, Conflict Resolution, and Driver Training. JIBC also provides customized contract training to domestic and international governments, agencies and organizations. Our approach to education emphasizes applied learning and realistic simulations, delivered by instructors who are experienced practitioners. Our students’ work makes communities safer, and helps people in need, throughout B.C., across Canada and around the world.

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