Vigil shows light can shat­ter dark­ness

The Glengarry News - - The Opinion Page - The Glen­garry News, Natalie St-De­nis and Dr. Suzanne Fil­ion Or­ga­niz­ers of the vigil in mem­ory of Ém­i­lie Ma­heu

The Edi­tor, Yes. Oui! Is what we heard ev­ery time. A été en­tendu de toute notre com­mu­nauté. Yes. Oui! Was the re­sponse when asked to par­tic­i­pate, to con­trib­ute or to help. A été l’unique réponse. Yes. Oui! Made ev­ery­thing pos­si­ble. A été le début de tout. Thank you for say­ing yes to com­mem­o­rate Ém­i­lie. Thank you for step­ping up ei­ther as a par­tic­i­pant, or as an awe­some vol­un­teer, or for be­ing a com­mu­nity part­ner such as Alexan­dria Home Hard­ware Build­ing Cen­tre, Alexan­dria Le­gion 423 / Lé­gion Alexan­dria 423, Alexan­dria Mould­ing/Moulures Alexan­dria, Anick Bauer De­sign, B & B Food Mar­ket, Cal­vaire Green Val­ley, Cen­tre chi­ro­pra­tique Alexan­dria Chi­ro­prac­tic Cen­tre, Char­trand’s Your In­de­pen­dent Gro­cer, Com­mu­nity Nurs­ing Home, Fleuriste Alexan­dria Florist, Garry McDougall Elec­tric, La Fro­magerie St-Al­bert, On­tario Provin­cial Po­lice, Phar­ma­cie Jean Coutu, The Quirky Car­rot, The Re­view, The Stan­dard-Freeholder, Tim Hor­tons, Town and Coun­try Flow­ers, Town­ship of North Glen­garry, Trio Camp­bell, Vaella Con­sult­ing Inc. Merci d’avoir dit oui à la mé­moire d’Ém­i­lie. Merci à tous ceux qui ont par­ticipé, à tous les nom­breux bénévoles in­croy­ables et à tous les parte­naires com­mu­nau­taires.

You made it pos­si­ble for all of us to gather to re­mem­ber Ém­i­lie as a daugh­ter, a sis­ter, a mother, a col­league, a friend and even in some cases a com­plete stranger. We all bonded through the emo­tions that her life and death sparked within us. Ém­i­lie de­serves to be re­mem­bered for the car­ing and gen­tle per­son she was, for the joy and the com­fort she brought. She was loved, she was cher­ished and she was also sud­denly and trag­i­cally taken away, way too soon.

Our hope for our com­mu­nity in the com­ing days, weeks and months is that her mem­ory will en­cour­age those who are per­haps suf­fer­ing in si­lence as a re­sult of her death, or any­one who is go­ing through some form of hard­ship, to take that first step and reach out. There is no shame in ask­ing for help. To hurt is to be hu­man.

Know that there are peo­ple close by who can help with that hurt. Here are a few agen­cies and ser­vices: Je­unesse/Youth Équipe psy­cho-so­ciale, (Gina, Nancy Anne-Marie) 613-938-7112, Dre An­drée Cousineau 613307-8905, Adultes/Adults Équipe de crise en santé men­tale / Men­tal Health Cri­sis Team (Ser­ena) 1-866-996-0991, Ser­vices de con­sul­ta­tion ex­terne en santé men­tale / Out­pa­tient Men­tal Health Ser­vices (Su­san, Ni­cole) 613-361-6363, Femmes/Women Mai­son In­ter­lude House (Mélanie et Monique) 1-800-461-1842, Fem’Aide 1-877-336-2433, As­saulted Women’s Helpline 1-866-863-0511.

Notre com­mu­nauté est tis­sée ser­rée. We were both deeply and sin­cerely touched by how this vigil came about with such grace and uni­tion. Thank you all for be­ing part of it, ei­ther from up close or from far away. We send lov­ing-kind­ness to Ém­i­lie’s par­ents, to her brother and to her dar­ling daugh­ter Eliz­a­beth.

Light shat­ters dark­ness, hope con­quers fear, and words, words lib­er­ate.

Merci!

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