Guest Post by Elinor Warkentin: Volunteering with Modo
As a member since 2002, I mostly use Modo for business purposes [Elinor runs the professional organizer service Goodbye Clutter], carting client’s clutter to charity shops or recycling depots. The variety of cars and trucks, conveniently located near my home, makes it easy for me to help clients reduce their stress, save money and change their lives.
But what about changing the world? That’s on my to do list too! And Modo helps me do that. This December 6th, Canada’s National Day of Action and Remembrance on Violence Against Women, I once again be assisted the Women’s Monument Action Committee with a vigil at the Marker of Change in Thornton Park.
Marker of Change is a public art monument unveiled in 1997 dedicated “in memory and in grief for all women murdered”. It consists of 14 pink granite benches, arranged in a circle, to represent the 14 women murdered in Ecole Polytechnic on December 6th, 1989, most of them young engineering students. On December 6th we came together to remember, reflect and respond to violence against women. Although 1989 is now 27 years ago, violence against women is still very real.
This year was a quiet year at the annual vigil, opening with a blessing by First Nations elder Audrey Rivers, and including speakers and a poetry circle. Every year we finish with a meditation and moment of silence.
Thanks to Modo, I was able to assist with bringing Audrey Rivers to the ceremony. It is an honour and inspiration to work side by side with women like Audrey. Modo helps make things happen, and for that I’m grateful. – Elinor Warkentin