I, like many people in our community, have been inspired by the recent series of posters that show men standing alongside their daughters and granddaughters, calling for an end to violence against women.
As an educator, I see the need for awareness and educational campaigns to bring to light an issue unfortunately not uncommon, but also not talked about often enough in our community.
I take my turn this month by standing with my daughter, Emma, in saying that we as fathers, grandfathers, brothers and friends cannot stand idly by and tolerate this type of behaviour.
The messages of respect, equality and healthy relationships must start early for our youth and follow them through school and into adulthood.
I hope my participation in this campaign can encourage others to also step forward and sign the pledge to never commit, condone or remain silent about violence against women at headwaterswhiteribbon.ca
Thank you, on behalf of my daughter Emma and my students.