Markham

City of Markham holds vigil to honour victims of tragedy in Sri Lanka

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

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MARKHAM, ON – April 24, 2019 – Markham residents are invited to join Mayor Frank Scarpitti and Members of Council for an inter-faith vigil to honour the victims of the tragedy in Sri Lanka at the Aaniin Community Centre & Library on Thursday at 7:00 p.m.

“On Easter Sunday, while many of us were spending time with family and friends, tragedy struck in Sri Lanka,” says Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti. “The world watched in horror as sadness filled our hearts. By coming together as one united community, we can show our support and stand in solidarity against violent and hateful acts. We remember the victims. Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected by this unimaginable tragedy.”

As we remember the more than 250 lives that were tragically lost, and in support of the survivors, and everyone affected by this tragedy, a book of condolences will be available for the public to sign at the Markham Civic Centre this week.

The City of Markham signed an agreement of friendship with Mullaitivu, Northern Province, Sri Lanka in January 2017. It was Mullaitivu's first friendship agreement with a Canadian municipality, and a historical milestone for both of our cities.

As a community, Markham believes in engaging and fostering a greater understanding of inclusivity, equality and diversity in our community and beyond. As Canada’s most diverse city, Markham continues to encourage, recognize and value the contributions of people of all backgrounds, regardless of religion, ability, sexual orientation or gender identity and expression. 

We stand in mourning with all those impacted by this tragedy.


When:

Thursday, April 25, 2019

7:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Where:
Aaniin Community Centre & Library - Atrium

5665 14th Avenue, Markham


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Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti's Office: Lama Nicolas, Senior Communications Advisor at lnicolas@markham.ca or 416.671.2890.

For all other media inquiries / interview requests for the City of Markham: Erynn Sally, Media Relations Coordinator at esally@markham.ca or 416.737.2684.

About Markham: Markham, an award-winning municipality with over 355,000 residents and the largest of nine communities in York Region, is home to over 400 corporate head offices and more than 1,500 high tech and life science companies. Markham is a leader in attracting foreign direct investment with more than 210 foreign companies located in the City. Founded in the 1790s, today Markham is Canada’s most diverse community and enjoys a rich heritage, outstanding community planning and services, and a vibrant local economy. Markham has received the Excellence Canada Gold Award for Organizational Quality & Healthy Workplace, and multiple heritage and environmental awards.






MARKHAM, ON – April 24, 2019 – Markham residents are invited to join Mayor Frank Scarpitti and Members of Council for an inter-faith vigil to honour the victims of the tragedy in Sri Lanka at the Aaniin Community Centre & Library on Thursday at 7:00 p.m.

“On Easter Sunday, while many of us were spending time with family and friends, tragedy struck in Sri Lanka,” says Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti. “The world watched in horror as sadness filled our hearts. By coming together as one united community, we can show our support and stand in solidarity against violent and hateful acts. We remember the victims. Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected by this unimaginable tragedy.”

As we remember the more than 250 lives that were tragically lost, and in support of the survivors, and everyone affected by this tragedy, a book of condolences will be available for the public to sign at the Markham Civic Centre this week.

The City of Markham signed an agreement of friendship with Mullaitivu, Northern Province, Sri Lanka in January 2017. It was Mullaitivu's first friendship agreement with a Canadian municipality, and a historical milestone for both of our cities.

As a community, Markham believes in engaging and fostering a greater understanding of inclusivity, equality and diversity in our community and beyond. As Canada’s most diverse city, Markham continues to encourage, recognize and value the contributions of people of all backgrounds, regardless of religion, ability, sexual orientation or gender identity and expression. 

We stand in mourning with all those impacted by this tragedy.


When:

Thursday, April 25, 2019

7:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Where:
Aaniin Community Centre & Library - Atrium

5665 14th Avenue, Markham


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Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti's Office: Lama Nicolas, Senior Communications Advisor at lnicolas@markham.ca or 416.671.2890.

For all other media inquiries / interview requests for the City of Markham: Erynn Sally, Media Relations Coordinator at esally@markham.ca or 416.737.2684.

About Markham: Markham, an award-winning municipality with over 355,000 residents and the largest of nine communities in York Region, is home to over 400 corporate head offices and more than 1,500 high tech and life science companies. Markham is a leader in attracting foreign direct investment with more than 210 foreign companies located in the City. Founded in the 1790s, today Markham is Canada’s most diverse community and enjoys a rich heritage, outstanding community planning and services, and a vibrant local economy. Markham has received the Excellence Canada Gold Award for Organizational Quality & Healthy Workplace, and multiple heritage and environmental awards.