I am often amazed at those who it seems are most entitled to despair, instead inspire hope. That those who possess what others could see as a license to give up, instead give themselves.

Activist Marian Wright Edelman once said, "We must not, in trying to think how we can make a big difference, ignore the small daily differences we can make which, over time, add up to big differences that we often cannot foresee."

Taking part in this day of remembrance may seem like a somewhat modest act, but together with Canadians across this country, we're sending a very strong message.

We will not forget those 14 young women, who were so tragically and so suddenly taken from this world, from their friends, from their families and from the bright futures that lay ahead for each one of them. These 14 young women would have been about 30 years of age today, and if you think of that lost vitality, energy, imagination, aspirations, idealism, and the contribution they would make to the quality of life to all those around them, family and friends and work place colleges...that is a tremendous lost.

We will not forget those women. We will not forget any of the women who are victimized by violence in this country everyday, and together we vow to stop this terrible violence, and until we do that, to make sure that women who are abused get the help they need to escape the violence and rebuild their lives.

Women's College Hospital is one of those places that women can turn to for help. You do such important, caring work here at the Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Care Centre. You give expression to our desire as a caring society, to help and comfort our mothers, our sisters and our daughters.

Thank you for being there to help. Thank you all for working in our homes, our schools and our communities today and each and every day, to stop the violence and build a province and a country where every single person can feel safe.

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