Digby light­house shines pur­ple for girl who died in Yar­mouth pa­rade

‘We’re go­ing to keep that lit a little while longer for MaCali:’ Ben Cleve­land

Tri-County Vanguard - - NEWS - SARA ERIC­S­SON DIG­BY­COURIER.CA

The pur­ple light inside Digby’s light­house will stay lit and keep vigil with Yar­mouth as it copes with the loss of a young girl killed in a tragic ac­ci­dent.

MaCali Cormier, aged four, died af­ter fall­ing un­der a pa­rade float at the an­nual Pa­rade of Lights in Yar­mouth – an in­ci­dent that has shocked and dev­as­tated the town.

Digby Mayor Ben Cleve­land was reading news cov­er­age of the event and noted one story that stated the young girl’s favourite colour was pur­ple – the same colour as the cur­rent light bulb inside Digby’s light­house.

Cleve­land says he knew im­me­di­ately what he had to do and called Yar­mouth Mayor Pam Mood about keep­ing the light lit for the little girl. Mood an­swered yes – keep it lit.

“It re­ally touches our hearts that other towns are shar­ing in our grief by do­ing such things as this,” says Mood.

The light­house’s pur­ple bulb was in­stalled ear­lier this month in con­nec­tion with the Tri-County Women’s Cen­tre’s month-long recog­ni­tion of vi­o­lence against women.

Cleve­land says keep­ing it lit for MaCali is “one of those little things we can do” to show that peo­ple in Digby (which is about 100 kilo­me­tres from Yar­mouth) are hold­ing Yar­mouth in their hearts fol­low­ing the tragic event.

He called Mood to re­lay this, and says she thanked him for the ges­ture.

“I just said to her that this is a tragic event and is ef­fect­ing so many peo­ple. I told her about the pur­ple light we had lit, and that we’re go­ing to keep that lit a little while longer for MaCali,” he says.

Mood says Yar­mouth is “ob­vi­ously still griev­ing, still mourn­ing the loss” of the young­ster, but rec­og­nizes the “beauty of this com­mu­nity com­ing to­gether to sup­port each other.”

The Yar­mouth South Tree Light­ing at the South End Play­ground on Dec. 3 was also to hon­our MaCali with peo­ple bring­ing pur­ple or­na­ments to place on the tree in Cormier’s mem­ory.

Mood says her town will never be the same.

“We will never com­pletely heal from this. Es­pe­cially the fam­ily, but we are all changed by this tragedy – but we are do­ing the best we can to pull to­gether on all fronts,” says Mood.

SARA ERIC­S­SON

The pur­ple light in the Digby light­house has now been shin­ing pur­ple in mem­ory of MaCali Cormier, the young girl who died as the re­sult of a tragic ac­ci­dent at Yar­mouth’s an­nual Christ­mas pa­rade.

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