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    Ontario Divisional Leaders Join Anti-Racism March

    Thousands march to end hatred in London, Ont. June 23, 2021 by Billy Canning
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    Lt-Cols Shawn and Brenda Critch speak with fellow participants in the march
    Lt-Cols Shawn and Brenda Critch speak with fellow participants in the march

    Thousands of individuals walked seven kilometres as part of a multi-faith march to end hatred in London, Ont., including Lt-Colonels Shawn and Brenda Critch, divisional leaders, Ontario Division. The march, which took place in June, followed a shocking attack on a Muslim family in London, four members of which were killed, while a fifth was seriously injured.

    “The tragedy that occurred in London was deeply felt in all faith communities,” says Lt-Colonel Shawn Critch, divisional commander. “The entire march, we prayed for the victims, their family and friends.”

    The march, which took participants from the memorial site to the London Muslim Mosque, was organized by London’s community faith leaders and it demonstrated the wide support for the victims and a strong call to end racism and Islamophobia.    

    Religious leaders and community members hold signs as they join in the London multi-faith march to end racism and IslamophobiaReligious leaders and community members join in the London multi-faith march to end racism and Islamophobia
    Following a moment of silence at the mosque, leaders from all faiths denounced racism and Islamophobia, and emphasized that the only way forward is through love, peace and respect for one another.  

    “While listening to the faith leaders and observing the large gathering paying their respects, an overwhelming feeling of empathy and unity ran through my body,” says Lt-Colonel Brenda Critch, divisional secretary for spiritual life development. “It’s a moment that will stick with me for a long time. I’m grateful that we were part of this time of solidarity and hope on behalf of The Salvation Army.”

    The Salvation Army’s emergency disaster services brought a canteen truck to the march route, handing out water and snacks to those needing refreshments as they made their way to the London Muslim Mosque.

    “Thank you to everyone who supported this moment of positive change as our prayers and thoughts continue for all the victims,” says Lt-Colonel Shawn Critch. “Let us not forget the impact of this incident as we unite and move forward to eliminate hate and spread the love of Jesus in our communities.”

    Comment

    On Friday, June 25, 2021, Shayne Stanton said:

    As my former DC, I am glad and proud to see Shawn and Brenda take part in something so important, no matter the Faith, we all need to end racism and Islamophobia

     

    On Friday, June 25, 2021, Arnold Caruk said:

    Love, Kindness and compassion is needed more than ever.

     

    On Friday, June 25, 2021, Bert Wormington said:

    "Take Jesus to all the world.... He will put all things right"

     

    On Thursday, June 24, 2021, Ray Harris said:

    Thank you for this expression of solidarity and working towards justice.

     

    On Wednesday, June 23, 2021, Natalia DeBoer said:

    Spreading the Love of Jesus!

     

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