The Glengarry News


200 attend vigil

publisher Oct 25, 2018 - 7:29am

About 200 people attended a vigil in memory of murder victim Emilie Maheu in Alexandria Wednesday night.

"Do not let her death define her life," urged Natalie St-Denis, one of the organizers of the ceremony.

While mourning the loss of the young mother, speakers also implored the crowd to remember the many other victims of domestic violence.

Every six days in Canada, a woman is killed by a partner or former partner, noted Dr. Suzanne Filion, who helped stage the moving gathering at the Grotto.

Vigil Wednesday

publisher Oct 22, 2018 - 10:03am

A candlelight vigil will be held in memory of Émilie Maheu October 24 at 6:30 p.m. at the Grotto in Alexandria.

“Your presence is what's most important,” says Dr. Suzanne Filion, who is organizing the event with Natalie St-Denis.

While LED lights will be provided, participants are welcome to bring food for a gathering at the legion following the vigil.

Relatives of the murder victim are expected to attend.

“People are still in shock. They are upset and frustrated,” says Dr. Filion, noting that the gathering is meant to help people show their support for the family.
Since Brandon Smeltzer, of Bayside, Nova Scotia, was charged with the murder of the 26-year-old Green Valley woman, people from that community have contacted Dr. Filion.

“Two communities are hurting,” observes Dr. Filion.

The vigil is a collective effort, she stresses. “There are so many community partners coming together,” the psychologist says. Businesses and individuals are helping out.

“One woman e-mailed and said she had already made 48 muffins. I was almost in tears!”

For more information, call Natalie St-Denis (613-677-8890) or Dr. Filion (613-330-1091.)