As we move together through a difficult week, I want to update you on community gatherings in the days ahead.
The #TorontoStrong Vigil was announced today by the City of Toronto to honour and support all those who have been affected by Monday’s tragedy.
The vigil will take place on Sunday, April 29 at Mel Lastman Square, beginning at 7:00 PM.
Organized in collaboration with community groups Faith in the City and the Toronto Area Interfaith Council, the vigil will be an interfaith demonstration of Toronto’s diverse communities as well as a display of the City’s resiliency.
Additional details, including the vigil program, will be posted on the #TorontoStrong Vigil web page as they become available.
Members of the Willowdale community have also expressed interest in demonstrating their local community support as part of the vigil.
My office is working with a new community group – We Love Willowdale – to organize community gatherings at either Olive Square Park or Albert Standing Park beginning at 5:30 PM on Sunday. Members of the Willowdale community will be able to walk together from either location to arrive at Mel Lastman Square together. Walks will depart shortly before 6:00 PM.
Other community activities to be aware of are:
Prayer Service for Victims of the Toronto Attack
Organized by the Yonge Street Churches of North York
St. Edward the Confessor Catholic Church (75 Churchill Avenue)
Thursday, April 26, 2018 – 7 PM
Vigil organized by the Korean Canadian Cultural Association
Lee Lifeson Art Park (223 Gladys Allison Place)
Friday, April 27, 2018 – 7 PM
25 Days of Music – hosted by We Love Willowdale
Olive Square Park (5575 Yonge St)
Daily at 1:30 PM
I also had the opportunity to help launch the #TorontoStrong Fund today – established in partnership with Toronto Foundation. All money donated will go to supporting victims and their families, first responders and those affected by the trauma, through organizations including Victim Services Toronto and other supporting partner organizations.
I will continue to send updates and important information as plans evolve in the coming days.