Women’s shelter seeks funds to upgrade facility

Yellow Brick House, a safe place for abused women and children in York Region, is reaching out to the community to raise money for 19 beds for the Markham Shelter. The total required is about $60,000 over a four year period.

Representatives of the House joined Mayor Frank Scarpitti and Regional Councillor Nirmala Armstrong at the “Invisible No More: End Violence Against Women” event Dec. 6 at the civic centre to honour victims of violence.

The city is the first in York Region to recognize Dec. 6 as the National Day of Remembrance and Action to End Violence, which also marks the anniversary of the 1989 massacre at École Polytechnique de Montréal. Sponsors were recognized for their contributions to the Markham Shelter, including Flato Group, NCompass Financial, Howland Green, and the Frank Scarpitti Charitable Foundation.

Some of the harrowing statistics discussed at the event pointed out that one in three Canadians experiences violence before the age of 15 and, in 2017, 32 women were murdered in the province.

Also in attendance at the ceremony were Angie Seth, Global News anchor; Lorris Herenda, Yellow Brick House executive director; Suzanne Smoke, First Nations advocate; Fred Moffat, York Regional Police superintendent; Andy Taylor, City of Markham CAO; Valerie Burke, Ward 1 councillor; and Logan Kanapathi, Ward 7 councillor.

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