18 April 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Vancouver, BC – The Sexual Assault Support Centre (SASC) at the Alma Mater Society (AMS) of the University of British Columbia has lit candles and is offering a place of reflection to honour the life and work of Raymond Taavel. Taavel, who was killed near a Halifax downtown bar early Tuesday morning, was a prominent activist in the city’s gay community.
“Honouring Raymond’s life and work are a vital part of the healing process” said Anisa Mottahed, the newly appointed Support Services Manager at SASC. “Although this happened all the way across Canada in Halifax, his death and its effects are deeply felt in our community as well. In the words of Martin Luther King Jr, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
SASC is honouring Raymond’s memory through the lighting of candles in their support centre at 119A in the Student Union Building. SASC welcomes any tokens others may feel they need to offer or just as a place to quietly sit and reflect.
As always, SASC is available for ongoing peer support – “a place dedicated to supporting all UBC students, staff, and visitors of all genders,” says Mottahed.
ABOUT THE SEXUAL ASSAULT SUPPORT CENTRE AND THE AMS
The Sexual Assault Support Centre (SASC) at the Alma Mater Society of UBC Vancouver (AMS) provides peer support and advocacy to UBC students. SASC is committed to the ‘education, support, and empowerment of students, staff, faculty, and visitors of all genders who are survivors of sexualized violence, and their friends, family, and partners’.
As Canada’s largest student society, The Alma Mater Society of UBC Vancouver (AMS) represents nearly 50,000 UBC students as well as students at affiliated colleges.
The mission of the AMS is “to improve the quality of the educational, social, and personal lives of the students of UBC.”
The AMS operates student services, student-owned businesses, resource groups, and clubs.