UBC’s Okanagan chapter of Women in Engineering (WiE) held its annual White Ribbon Memorial on November 23, 2015.
“The White Ribbon Campaign is a memorial to remember the those who lost their lives on December 6, 1989,” explains Shelby Ravestein, current WiE President. “The campaign brings together students from all walks of life to reflect on this tragedy.”
On that infamous day, fourteen women attending Ecole Polytechnique lost their lives when a man carrying a rifle entered the school and opened fire. Fourteen others were injured but survived.
On the Okanagan campus this year, Sigma Phi Delta, the engineering fraternity, partnered with WiE to paint the Engineering ‘E’ white in remembrance. Yesterday, students gathered at the ‘E’ to light candles and reflect on those who lost their lives.
WiE also sponsors the showing of “Polytechnique,” a movie depicting the events as they unfolded in 1989.
“We had our best turnout yet,” says Ravestein. “More than 35 students attended.”