The Lo­tus Cen­tre

Mem­o­ries of Truro po­lice o cer Cather­ine Camp­bell and Tanya Brooks are hon­oured

Truro Daily News - - Front Page - BY LYNN CUR­WIN lynn.cur­win@truro­daily.com

The lo­cal women’s re­source cen­tre has un­der­gone sev­eral changes, both in name and in their fa­cil­ity’s makeup.

e Cen­tral Nova Women’s Re­source Cen­tre is ex­pected to for­mally be­come e Lo­tus Cen­tre in Oc­to­ber.

e new name was made pub­lic dur­ing a cer­e­mony at the cen­tre on Mon­day. e day’s events also in­cluded ded­i­cat­ing the new Women’s Me­mo­rial Gazebo to the life of Const. Cather­ine Camp­bell, and a ded­i­ca­tion of a red dress in mem­ory of Tanya Brooks.

“ ere will be a spe­cial res­o­lu­tion meet­ing on Oct. 15, at 5 p.m., to for­mally change the name to e Lo­tus Cen­tre,” said Tracey Dor­ring­ton-skin­ner, the cen­tre’s ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor, not­ing the life of a lo­tus ower is a story of re­silience.

Heidi Pat­ter­son, who worked at the cen­tre on a term po­si­tion, was the gazebo project man­ager.

“Af­ter work­ing at the cen­tre and be­com­ing more aware of the needs of the women of our com­mu­nity, it be­came clear to me that we were miss­ing a link in the spirit of pro­vid­ing re­sources,” she said.

She wanted to see an out­door

space where women could go to read, write, paint, chat, or be alone.

“It’s in hon­our of Cather­ine Camp­bell, and all the women who have trag­i­cally lost their lives,” she said.

Camp­bell, a 36-year-old Truro po­lice o cer who lived in Hal­i­fax, died on Sept. 11, 2015. Christo­pher Garnier, who she met at a Hal­i­fax bar, was con­victed of sec­ond-de­gree mur­der in the case in De­cem­ber 2017.

Truro Po­lice Chief Dave MacNeil said he couldn’t think of a bet­ter trib­ute to Cather­ine than the gazebo.

Su­san Camp­bell, Cather­ine’s mother, thanked every­one in­volved in hav­ing a gazebo placed at the cen­tre, and every­one who does an act of kind­ness in her daugh­ter’s mem­ory.

A replica of a red dress, ded­i­cated to the mem­ory of Tanya Brooks, was placed in the gazebo.

e Mi’kmaq woman was liv­ing in Hal­i­fax when she died. Her body was found in a win­dow well of St. Pa­trick’s-alexan­dra School on May 11, 2009.

“One thing I’ve learned from this process is that mur­der doesn’t know race,” said Mar­garet Brooks, Tanya Brooks’ sis­ter. “It doesn’t know colour, and one mur­der is not more im­por­tant or less im­por­tant.”

She said Cather­ine and Tanya were di er­ent when it came to pro­fes­sion, or lack of pro­fes­sion, but both women shared a kind­ness for oth­ers – and she urged peo­ple to be kind.

“Kind­ness doesn’t’ cost a thing. It doesn’t hurt and it’s re­ward­ing in its own way.”

LYNN CUR­WIN/TRURO NEWS

Ch­eryl Paris, chair of the board of the Cen­tral Nova Women’s Re­source Cen­tre, dis­plays the new sign for the cen­tre while Tracey Dor­ring­ton-skin­ner, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor, makes the an­nounce­ment about the new name.

LYNN CUR­WIN/TRURO NEWS

Su­san Camp­bell spoke dur­ing the cer­e­mony in which the gazebo at the women’s cen­tre in Truro was ded­i­cated to the life of her daugh­ter Cather­ine, who was a Truro po­lice o cer.

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