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The December 6th Victims Foundation Against Violence Joins the Foundation of Greater Montreal

Montreal, December 5, 2005 - The December 6th Victims Foundation Against Violence, an organization whose members include the parents, family members and friends of the victims of the tragedy that occurred on December 6th 1989 at École Polytechnique at the Université de Montréal, announced today that it has become a new partner of the Foundation of Greater Montreal.

"December 6, 1989 was a turning point in the history of Montreal, a city that is otherwise a model of peace, harmony and mutual respect," stated Sylvie Haviernick, chairperson of the Foundation. "The Foundation was created in response to this tragedy. We are proud of our accomplishments, and the leadership and support we have provided to other organizations involved in the struggle against violence in our society, in particular violence against women."

"After fifteen years of social involvement, the Foundation is at a crossroads," explained Ms. Haviernick. "By joining forces with the Foundation of Greater Montreal, we will be better equipped to support the fight against violence."

In December 2005, the December 6th Victims Foundation Against Violence will create a memorial fund at the Foundation of Greater Montreal to honour the memory of the fourteen young women by transferring its assets to the organization. The capital of the fund will be preserved in perpetuity, grow through investment management and new gifts to the fund over time, and the income distributed annually to support charities involved in the fight against violence, especially violence against women.

"Our commitment is to keep the memory of the fourteen daughters, sisters, partners, and friends alive, today and forever through the professional management of The December 6th 1989 Victims Fund and we thank the members of the Foundation for their confidence," explained Kathleen Weil.

The Foundation of Greater Montreal is a community foundation serving the Greater Montreal region. It establishes and pools charitable gifts of many generous donors to create permanent, income earning endowment funds - a nest egg that will benefit the community forever. Donors may create permanent endowment funds to support charities working in the areas of health, the arts and culture, education, social services or the environment.


Sylvie Haviernick
December 6th Victims Foundation Against Violence

Kathleen Weil
Fondation du Grand Montréal
514 866-0808
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