Archive for October, 2012

A Poem Remembering November 11

Friday, October 26th, 2012

Our Mark

Our poppies mark how much we care,

Our poppies mark the love that was there,

Our poppies mark the strength they gave,

Our poppies mark how much they slaved,

Our poppies mark the blood they lost,

Our poppies mark the lives it cost,

Our poppies mark our soldiers’ fear,

Our poppies mark the shouts in their ear,

Our poppies mark the tears and mourn,

Our poppies mark when our heroes were born,

Our poppies mark the time they walked,

Though a poppy is just a flower,

It shows so much more than a soldier’s final hour,

It shows the love, the pain and the war,

You may think a poppy is a poppy but it’s so much more,

A gift, a card, a memory but most importantly it’s our mark.

Composed by Kaitlyn Bouchard who is 13 years old

International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

Wednesday, October 17th, 2012

A message from:



Say No - UNiTE to End Violence Against Women

Today is the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. Twenty five years ago, on 17 October 1987, over a hundred thousand people gathered at the Trocadéro in Paris and proclaimed that poverty is a violation of human rights.

Poverty has a woman’s face. Extreme poverty perpetuates a cycle of violence and discrimination against women and girls, and gender based inequality and violence keeps millions of women and girls in poverty and social exclusion. In many parts of the world, women and girls are denied equal opportunity in every aspect of life.  Conversely, women are strong contributors to the economy, and can do much more if they are given equal resources. For instance, if women farmers have the same access as men to agricultural resources, we could potentially reduce the number of hungry people in the world by 100 to 150 million people!

On the  International Day for the Eradication of Poverty,  share the Say NO – UNiTE photo essay dedicated to ending poverty, discrimination and violence against women and girls with your friends and networks. Post it on Facebook and tweet to your followers what you think needs to be done to #EndPoverty.

Also, join the e-discussion on gender based violence, currently underway as part of a worldwide conversation about ending gender inequality and building a sustainable world, at


Say NO – UNiTE Team, UN Women

A Reflection on OLM Partner’s Gathering

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012

Sunday, September 23 was a beautiful, sunny fall afternoon when partners with the OLM’s gathered together once again to listen, to learn, and share ideas.

The opening hymn spoke of an “ancient love” and in the quiet reflection I was reminded of the preciousness of all creation.

 In sharp contrast were feelings of shame and rage, hearing the stories of the brutality and violation of so many women and children around the world and in our own country.

 As a group we contemplated the questions of: What is human trafficking? How do we raise awareness? How do people get involved?  How prevalent is it in Canada and what is the Canadian government doing about it?

 I was shocked at the statistics of human trafficking and my own lack of awareness of the magnitude of this horrific problem.

One thing I did today was share this information with colleagues at work and I will continue to increase my understanding of the issues with the hope that in some small way I can contribute to making this a thing of the past.

 Lynn Taylor, An olm Partner