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Students from a Surrey school have added their voice to a major discussion about domestic violence.
About 35 students from L.A. Matheson Secondary, plus some graduates of the school, joined police, politicians, academics and other delegates at the Meri Awaaz, or My Voice, event at Simon Fraser University’s Surrey campus. The aim of Meri Awaaz was to break the silence and stigma associated with domestic violence.
(L.A. Matheson students with teachers and some of the delegates who attended the Meri Awaaz forum)
Among the contributions was a screening of the film Life of Pinky, which was made by Punjabi language students at the school last year.
“Work in our classroom and school district is being acknowledged on a bigger stage,” says Gurpreet Bains, head of modern languages at L.A. Matheson. “A lot of people came up and told the students ‘this is insightful work’ and ‘keep up the good work’. It was very motivating for the students.”
L.A. Matheson was an event partner, but the Punjabi language and social justice students who attended were doing so because it was an issue that was important to them, says Bains. The students took part in the dialogue and many of them made connections with organizations that could lead to volunteering opportunities.