CAW Commemorates Jack Layton with Dedication at New YWCA Centre

December 6, 2011, 4:30 PM EST


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The CAW has raised $100,000 to name a room in honour of former federal NDP leader and White Ribbon Campaign founder Jack Layton at a newly-opened YWCA Elm Centre housing complex and centre for women.

Located downtown Toronto, the Elm Centre will provide 300 single family apartments and will house the YWCA Toronto's administrative offices. The environmentally-friendly community hub will provide housing to 50-women led first nations families, 150 low income units and 100 units for women living with mental health issues.

The tenant lounge will be dedicated to Jack Layton for his commitment to ending violence against women, challenging other men to speak out against violence and abuse and promoting women's social and economic equality on all fronts.

YWCA Toronto CEO Heather McGregor voiced her appreciation on behalf of the organization for CAW's donation in an address to CAW Council on December 3.

 "The CAW has a long history of fighting sexism and working to improve women's safety and equality. We are proud to receive this wonderful gift in Jack's name. His work and vision continues to inspire people across Canada to work for equality and social justice," said McGregor."

"We are particularly thrilled that the donation is in honour of the White Ribbon Campaign. The campaign has gone from a small local effort to a global campaign of men and boys working to end gender-based violence against women."

The White Ribbon Campaign celebrates its 20th anniversary this year.

"The Elm Centre will continue to build on Jack's legacy and the principals of promoting gender equality which are at the cornerstone of the White Ribbon Campaign," said CAW Women's Department Director Julie White

"Jack felt men have both a role and responsibility in working to end violence against women and challenged men to step up and speak out to end violence against women by promoting gender equality. The Elm Centre is an excellent example of a community initiative that will create the economic conditions for women to live a life free of violence."

Half of the money raised came from the CAW Social Justice Fund, and the remaining funds were donated by CAW local unions and sector councils. Locals and sector councils will be formally recognized in CONTACT at a later date.

For more information on the YWCA Elm Centre, please visit: http://www.ywcatoronto.org/page.asp?pid=76

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