Brampton to honour domestic violence victims with banner at city hall

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In a committee of council meeting on November 13, 2019, Brampton council voted unanimously to memorialize victims of domestic and gender-based violence with a banner at city hall.This banner will individually name local victims of domestic and gender-based violence and will also recognize the thousands of missing or murdered Indigenous women and girls across the country.It will be similar to the current banner on display, which memorializes Brampton’s lost military servicemen and women.In the past ten years, twenty-two women and children have died due to domestic and gender-based violence in Brampton.

Rowena Santos, the leader of this initiative, stated that this year's banner will include victims who died between August 2009 and November 2019, but more could be added in the future, including the names of Jonathan Bastidas, 12, and Nicolas Bastidas, 9.

Mayor Patrick Brown said, "I think this is a great initiative.” 

I think it will help drive attention to the elimination of violence against women," he added.

The following is a list of names and ages of the women and children that will be included on the banner.

Fatima Lima, 59

Kathryn Horne, 58

Bao Lian Li, 82

Petty Mahabir-Chaitram, 43

Galina Alexander, 44

Shubangi Amin, 41

Raquel Junio, 42

Gurpreet Brar, 37

Riya Rajkumar, 11

Lakhvir Dhaliwal, 37

Beata Paciorek, 35

Laura Grant, 57

Deborah Allen, 52

Baljit Thandi, 32

Maria Lisa Gorospe, 53

Marceline Newland, 22

Avtar Kaur, 60

Christian Gorospe, 13

Anita Summan, 51

Hoden Said, 30

Lucja “Lucy” Wojtalska, 58

Michelle Paterson, 44

Photo courtesy of the City of Brampton

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