Peer Support Memorial Gardens Project
In 2000, TD Canada Trust donated over a hundred tulips to the Peer Support Program. Peer Supporters then planted three memorial gardens to commemorate those who have experienced violence. Large engraved stones were placed at each garden with the following inscription:
TO HONOUR ALL WOMEN AND CHILDREN
WHO HAVE EXPERIENCED VIOLENCE,
LET YOUR SPIRIT SOAR.
The Peer Support Program chose the tulip as a symbol of renewal and hope. Volunteers, staff and survivors of abuse planted them in our three communities in November 2000. Tulip beds were created in Goulbourn at the Village Square, in Kanata at Walter Baker Park and in West Carleton at the City of Ottawa building.
Peer Supporters continue to maintain the gardens to this day with the hope that they will always be a place of solace. The gardens represent our support and comfort to those who have suffered from abuse.
Please look for the tulips in the spring and let them remind you that we all need to work together to end violence.