The Shine the Light On Woman Abuse spotlight was turned on London’s educators and fire department, Wednesday, Nov. 5.
Western University president Dr. Amit Chakma and Gary Lima, senior vice-president Fanshawe College, were joined by the directors of both Thames Valley District School Board, Laura Elliot, and London District Catholic School Board, Linda Staudt as well as deputy fire chief David Lazenby and London Professional Fire Fighters Association president John Hassan, going purple in support of Shine the Light at Artistic Esthetic Spa.
For Chakma, Lima, Hassan and Lazenby, it was purple manicures while Elliot and Staudt were treated to purple streaks in their hair.
Megan Walker is executive director of the London Abused Women’s Centre. She remarked that not only does an event like this raise awareness around the Shine The Light campaign, “It sends a really clear message to the community when leaders take a position that they wont tolerate men’s violence towards women.”
As educational leaders in the community, Dr. Chakma it is important to raise awareness and to educate on issues like violence towards women.
“Education is at the root of everything we do,” said Dr. Chakma. “ Through education, we change — with time — the society.”
Artistic Esthetic Spa will be hosting a ‘Purple Pedicure Day’ for London residents on Friday, Nov. 14 — London’s official ‘Wear Purple Day’ in support of the Shine the Light on Woman Abuse campaign. A percentage of the proceeds of each pedicure will be donated to the London Abused Women’s Centre to assist in providing direct service to abused women.