National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

A Message from UFCW Local 401 Secretary Treasurer

December 6, 2022 – As I hold my little girl in my arms on this day, my desire to protect her from all harm; emotional, mental, and physical, grows fierce as I reflect on the countless women who have suffered those harms. There is no doubt, our world continues to struggle with ensuring equal rights and protection for all women. 

On this day, we remember the women who have been, and are victims of violence, and we strengthen our resolve to ending gender-based violence. We remember the 14 women who were murdered at Montréal’s École Polytechnique on December 6, 1989, simply because they were born women. We remember these women through reflection of the change that is needed; the “whys”, the “hows”. We remember all victims by speaking against all forms of violence against women. We remember them by recognizing that violence against women is, in fact, a major crisis. 

Many women go to work not just to earn a pay check but to seek solace from their homes that should be safe havens, but do not. Our union is committed to supporting all who suffer gender-based violence by offering support through resources, fighting for their employment rights, and by shining a spotlight on this day of remembrance to spark thought, discussion, and action to create the change we need! 

Recently, President Thomas Hesse and I were reflecting on this important day and our role in it. He wants everyone to know that he remains committed to ensuring UFCW 401 is a leader in providing support and protection in both the workplace, and at the negotiating table.

If you are suffering from violence, please contact us for confidential support. You are not alone. 

You can also contact 911 for emergency support in your area. If you are outside of the 911 service area, you can get help by contacting:


Family Violence Info Line
Phone: 310-1818 (multilingual services available)

Alberta’s One Line for Sexual Violence
Toll-free: 1-866-403-8000
Text: 1-866-403-8000

Those in other provinces can find crisis support by clicking HERE

Other supports for those suffering gender-based violence can be found HERE

Sincerely and in solidarity,

Richelle Stewart

UFCW 401 Secretary Treasurer

We remember the 14 women murdered December 6, 1989