In the wake of the vandalism and hate graffiti that shocked the GTA, Mayor Frank Scarpitti, Members of Council, York Regional Police (YRP), local religious leaders and the community came together for the Markham Children’s Unity Celebration.
The event was held in the courtyard of William Armstrong Public School (where the vandalism) occurred. It was a celebration of the community’s diversity, inclusion and togetherness. The shared messages of hope, love, peace and unity were delivered by the Mayor, Rabbi Plotkin, Imam Khan and others who took to the podium to address the crowd of parents and dignitaries.
The hate symbols were wiped clean from the blue children’s slide (pictured) that now dons a Canadian flag and a message of hope that read as follows:
“These symbols and words of hatred do not represent the real Canada. Canada is love, honour, peace. The true north, strong and free. Love is so much stronger and more powerful than hate. Love will always win. Hatred is sad and pathetic. Try love, please. We are all human. We all deserve respect and love,” author unknown.
The evening was also a spectacle of entertainment and fun with a free cupcake tent, ice cream truck (also free), lots of loot for the kids and a playground packed with energy and excitement. Attendees included YRP Chief Eric Jolliffe, YRP Superintendant Fred Moffat, Regional Councillor Nirmala Armstrong, Ward 4 Councillor Karen Rhea, Ward 2 Councillor Alan Ho, and Ward 6 Councillor Amanda Collucci.