As President of the Board of the Howe Sound Women's Centre, I was quite surprised this morning to see such a negative and, frankly, incorrect assessment of our 30th Anniversary Gala. We are still receiving donations from the supportive members of our community, and have not yet tallied up the totals of the night.
Although fundraising is clearly one of our priorities, we did reach our primary goal. Namely, to bring world class speakers to Squamish -- not Whistler or Vancouver -- and to raise awareness in our community about sexual violence and gender inequality. Quite obviously, we have succeeded in both these things.
The Pique and Ms. Atkinson's negative focus in this article is unfortunate but indicative of much of what Mr. Lewis spoke about on Saturday night. Ms. Atkinson counted Mr. Lewis' fee as a cost of the event rather than something to be celebrated, helping women and children in the Global South. This fee was donated to help African families affected by the HIV epidemic, and the very women in Calcutta and the Congo mentioned above. It is clear from the article that Ms. Atkinson does not take this to be a worthwhile endeavour on our part. We think it is. The evening was about sexual violence worldwide, not just in our own backyards.
Daily, I am awed by the individuals who work for, volunteer for, and support the Howe Sound Women's Centre. I am similarly humbled by the women and children we support in the Corridor. Echoing Mr. Lewis at the Gala, I salute them.
Dr. Megan Bulloch
Pique Publishing Inc.
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