Founders and Keepers Gala 2015

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Date(s) - 27/05/2015
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Casa Loma



Images: “Casa Loma” (2) by Maia C and “Wine” by Joe Barnas are licensed under CC BY 2.0

Our Founders championed their vision of a safe, equitable and just world for all women and youth (watch the video). Today, the “Keepers” of METRAC continue on that path. From award-winning educational programs to improving laws and changing attitudes, you’ve enabled us to prevent violence for three decades. Join us as we celebrate our history, honour our Champions and welcome challenges ahead. Proceeds go toward our programming and Capital Campaign Fund to turn our dream for The Station Violence Prevention Centre into a reality.

Lorraine Klaasen and Angie Seth

Images: Juno award-winning musician Lorraine Klaasen and Global Toronto Reporter Angie Seth

Performances by: Juno award-winning Lorraine Klaasen, daughter of legendary South African Jazz singer Thandie Klaasen and one of the few South African artists who have preserved the classic sound of “Township Music”. Born and raised in Soweto, Lorraine has electrified audiences worldwide with her dynamic stage presence and showmanship.

Keynote address by: Jane Doe and Cynthia Petersen, popular lecturers who will reflect on their experiences and provide insights on efforts to end rape. Jane Doe is an author, educator and feminist activist. She is also the woman in the lawsuit Jane Doe v Metropolitan Toronto Police. In 1998 after an 11-year court battle, Jane successfully sued the police for negligence and gender discrimination in their investigation of her rape and sexual assault in general. Jane’s lawsuit set legal precedent and the case, along with her published work, are taught in law schools across Canada and internationally. She has received numerous awards including two honourary law doctorates and her book, “The Story of Jane Doe: A Book About Rape”, will be reissued in fall 2015. Cynthia Petersen was Jane’s lawyer and is a renowned, ground-breaking equality rights lawyer in constitutional and labour law. For example, she has successfully argued almost all lesbian and gay rights Charter cases litigated before the Supreme Court of Canada. In 2013, Cynthia’s peers voted her into the Canadian Legal Expert Directory as a leading practitioner and she is currently conducting an independent investigation into high-level allegations of sexual assault. Cynthia and Jane were both active in the Bedford case and are observing impacts of Bill C36 on women’s risks of violence.

Hosted by: Reporter Angie Seth of Global Toronto News Hour, advocate for women’s rights, children’s rights and the fight against domestic violence. Seth has won several awards including the Queens Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012 for her work as a journalist and contributions in the community.

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One ticket $200 | Two tickets $375 | Table of ten $1850 (tax receipt will be provided for $95 per ticket)

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