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Okotoks Rises for Rowan House

Rowan House’s 2nd annual One Billion Rising March hailed a success!
The voice against domestic abuse and bullying is 45 voices louder.

On February 13th, approximately 45 Rowan House staff, volunteers and community members gathered at Ethel Tucker Park in Okotoks before marching through the downtown core as participants in the global, One Billion Rising movement. Some of the walkers commented how exciting it was to have people honking at them and slowing down to see what it was all about.

Afterwards they hung out for hot chocolate, generously donated by Tim Horton’s, and music by Cree teacher, Walter McDonald White Bear and local country musician Tanya Ryan. There was also speeches from Rowan House Board Chair, Chris Tulloch and Highwood MLA, Wayne Anderson.

“The incidences of violence are staggering – they are not made up. The One Billion Rising, one in three women is going to be raped or sexually assaulted. That is something we simply cannot tolerate any more. This is something I want every man I meet to hear: ‘I will not be silent.’ Today is a simple message. We say no more.’’’ -Board Chair, Chris Tulloch

“You should all be proud of yourselves for participating today and should be equally proud of your efforts here today. It all starts with local support like yourselves and local involvement delivering a common message. This is the 2nd annual [One Billion Rising Event] and I look forward to the 20th annual.” – MLA Wayne Anderson

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