On the one-year anniversary of the terrorist attack on a Muslim family in London, Ontario, I ask that all Ontarians join me in reflecting on the impact of this tragedy.
Since the attack, I have been privileged to visit the Muslim community in London, to hear how they are coping with the aftermath, and to learn how we can be stronger allies, better neighbours, and build more resilient communities. During my last visit, I was touched to see how the city has come together and created inclusive and thoughtful programming.
This week, the London Public Library is highlighting contemporary Muslim authors and experiences, the Muslim Wellness Network hosted an Our London Family Lecture and Invocation, and the Youth Coalition Combatting Islamophobia (YCCI), yesterday hosted the Our London Family March. Today, in memory of Yumnah Afzaal’s passion for art, the London Muslim Mosque, will honour the family by unveiling the winner of their “Healing Through Art” themed competition.
These efforts showcase the best of this province and its people, and I offer my humble thanks to everyone leading, supporting, and participating.
As the Queen’s representative in Ontario, I continue to stand in solidarity with Canada’s Muslim community against hatred and Islamophobia.
– the Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario