Youville Moms Hold Vigil for Montreal Massacre Victims

candles lit Each year around December 6th, Youville Centre’s young moms hold a vigil for the victims of the Montreal Massacre. As of this year, it has been 25 years since this tragic day, but we continue to remember the women who lost their lives by saying their names and lighting candles. Staff and students alike wore white ribbons to support this important cause.

White Ribbon

Youville’s young moms put together a slideshow with photos of each young woman who lost her life, and spoke about each woman and what her accomplishments, dreams, and goals were at the time. We ended the ceremony with a moment of reflection while listening to the song  “Why” by Rascal Flatts:

It was important for Youville Centre’s young mothers to take time to reflect as they observe the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women, not only as women, but as mothers who are raising sons and daughters.

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Photo Gallery: Shepherd’s Fashion FUNRaiser in Support of Youville Centre

On Tuesday, October 21, 2014, Youville Centre joined together once again with Marlene Shepherd and Shepherd’s Fashions  for a fabulous Fashion FUNRaiser. A smaller, more intimate version of the Ooh ‘n Ahh Fashion Show, this event was held inside Shepherd’s Train Yards store.

Raising over $25,000 with significant contributions from Scotiabank and Shepherd’s, this event was a great success, thanks in large part to the many sponsors and donors who contributed. (Please see a list below of the sponsors and donors who helped to make this event possible.)

This year we decided to honour nine women who have made a significant impact on Youville Centre, whether it be through their work, volunteerism, donations or philanthropic initiatives. As a fun way to recognize their contributions to Youville Centre, we asked these nine women to be the models in the fashion show!

Please enjoy this gallery of our very special models from this wonderful event.

All Photos by Lil’ Moments Photography (Kim Grenier)

DSC_0107Shannon Gorman, National Director, Community Affairs, TELUS

DSC_0119Angela Lariviere, Director, Youville Centre Board of Directors

Cindy-LeanneMC Leanne Cusack with Youville Centre’s Executive Director, Cindy Simpson

DSC_0020Clarissa Arthur, Youville Centre Alumna and Child Development Program Coordinator

DSC_0027Olive MIrchandani, Friend and Supporter of Youville Centre

DSC_0041Theresa Smith, Executive Assistant to the Vice President, Scotiabank, Ottawa & West Quebec District

Cindy-leather-nojacketCindy Simpson

DSC_0193(L to R): Leanne Cusack, Clarissa Arthur, Cindy Simpson, Megan Wallace, Jenny Strange

DSC_0982Megan Wallace, President, Youville Centre Board of Directors

DSC_0999Clarissa Arthur

DSC_1011Dorothy Jackson, Friend and Supporter of Youville Centre

DSC_1034Jenny Strange, Clinical Supervisor, Mental Health & Addictions Counsellor, Youville Centre

Our gratitude goes out to the following individuals, businesses and organizations for their contributions to this event!

Key Sponsors
Shepherd’s Fashions
Scotiabank
The Danbe Foundation

Special Guests
MC: Leanne Cusack
Auctioneer: Lawrence Greenspon
Model Escort: Dennis Jackson
Shepherd’s Models: Paula, Wendy and Elaine
Group Therapy –A Capella Singing Group

Event Sponsors
Barefoot Wine & Bubbly
The Loft/Le Spa
The Ottawa Citizen

Live Auction Sponsors
Shepherd’s Fashions
The Loft/Le Spa
Dr. Conrad L’Ecuyer
The Lord Elgin Hotel
Beckta Dining and Wine
C’est Bon Cooking

Silent Auction Sponsors
Daphne Sillanpaa
Jenny Strange
Cadillac Fairview (Rideau Centre and St. Laurent Centre)
ChefX
Hairmosa

Youville Centre Special
Models
Shannon Gorman
Theresa Smith
Angela Lariviere
Megan Wallace
Dorothy Jackson
Olive Mirchandani
Cindy Simpson
Clarissa Arthur
Jenny Strange

Volunteers
Jean-Marie Stewart
Micheline Harvey
Kathleen Kenny
Monica Kerwin
Gail Taillon
Dianna Gardner
Maurene Atherton
Elizabeth Poole
Mike Simpson
Christine Harrison
Kelsea Lancaster
Allison Pieters
Christina Lawrence
Amanda Brown
Leslie Moggridge
Jackie Sullivan
Mollie Sullivan

We also included a full writeup and gallery in our most recent newsletter, so please look for it in your inbox or mailbox very soon. If you are not on the e-newsletter list but you would like to continue to hear from us, please email: communications[at]youvillecentre[dot]org – copy and paste this statement into your email:

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