Our group formed during the late 1990s in Guelph, Ontario, through a partnership between the University of Guelph and Guelph-Wellington Women in Crisis. The research project we undertook sought to gain an understanding of the relationship between remembrance and change, beginning from the immediate relevance of a local memorial site, Marianne's Park. This park is dedicated to Marianne Goulden, one of the earliest clients, later a volunteer, and then a staff member of our local shelter, who was murdered by an estranged partner in 1992. It is a place that all of the authors have lived around and interacted with; we've all experienced it as a gathering place for Take Back the Night and December 6th vigils. Together we looked at the story behind Marianne's Park and we looked to compare it with other memorial sites and places of activism. In the process, we learned that there is an expansive and under-acknowledged history of memorial making across the country. The book aims to enhance the visibility of the memorials sites we located, to celebrate the efforts of the memorial makers, and to honour the women they remember. We hope the book will also assist memorial makers to learn from one another's experiences, and we offer it in solidarity with them.
More information about Remembering Women Murdered by Men: Memorials Across Canada can be found at http://www.sumachpress.com/remember.htm
All royalties are donated to Women in Crisis: http://www.gwwomenincrisis.org/.
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