Women’s Contact Society executive director Irene Willsie invites residents to participate in the Take Back the Night walk Friday.

Women’s Contact Society executive director Irene Willsie invites residents to participate in the Take Back the Night walk Friday.

Take Back the Night looks to curb violence

More work needs to be done to tackle violence in our region, said Irene Willsie of the Violence Is Preventable Committee.

More work needs to be done to tackle violence in our region, said Irene Willsie of the Violence Is Preventable Committee during a presentation to city council Tuesday.

While crime stats for Williams Lake are down, Willsie said she is not comfortable suggesting the amount of domestic violence is diminishing.

“There are less calls going into the RCMP, and victim services, but all the anti-violence counselling support services are still recording record case loads.”

Willsie said plans are underway for the Annual Take Back the Night Event in Williams Lake, taking place Friday, Sept. 25.

The walk will depart from and return to Save-On-Foods, leaving at 5 p.m. followed by a barbecue by donation in the parking lot.

“In September every year, we host the walk to raise awareness about violence in our community,” Willsie said, noting it’s a way to add a voice to efforts to reduce violence in the community.

“We will walk through downtown on Oliver Street to Third Avenue, where we will turn right along Borland Avenue back to Save-On.”

Membership on the violence prevention committee is made up of representatives from the Women’s Contact Society, the Ministry of Children and Family Development, the RCMP and Corrections, Willsie said, noting the group hosts a series of events during the year.

Proceeds from the barbecue will go toward violence prevention work being done in the community.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Williams Lake city council is interested in acquiring the former Poplar Glade School property on Eleventh Avenue. (Greg Sabatino photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
Williams Lake city council sets sights on two former school properties

School District said there is a five-step process for property disposal

School District 27 (SD27) issued notice Thursday, Feb. 25 of a COVID-19 exposure at Mountview Elementary School. (Angie Mindus photo)
School district reports positive COVID-19 case in Williams Lake elementary school

A letter went home to families of Mountview Elementary School

The City of Williams Lake is asking for public feedback on whether it should explore the opportunity to host a Greater Metro Hockey League team in Williams Lake. (Angie Mindus photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
City of Williams Lake seeks feedback on hosting junior hockey league team

A league expansion application in Quesnel is also pending

A rainbow shining on Kelowna General Hospital on May 12, 2020 International Nurses Day. (Steve Wensley - Prime Light Media)
New COVID cases trending down in Interior Health

24 new cases reported Thursday, Feb. 25, death at Kelowna General Hospital

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry updates B.C.’s COVID-19 situation at the B.C. legislature. (B.C. government)
B.C. reports 10 additional deaths, 395 new COVID-19 cases

The majority of new coronavirus infections were in the Fraser Health region

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

A new survey has found that virtual visits are British Columbian’s preferred way to see the doctor amid the COVID-19 pandemic. (Unsplash)
Majority of British Columbians now prefer routine virtual doctor’s visits: study

More than 82% feel virtual health options reduce wait times, 64% think they lead to better health

Carolyn Howe, a kindergarten teacher and vice president of the Greater Victoria Teachers’ Association, says educators are feeling the strain of the COVID-19 pandemic and the influx of pressure that comes with it. (Nina Grossman/News Staff)
Stress leave, tears and insomnia: Island teachers feel the strain of COVID-19

Teachers still adjusting to mask and cleaning rules, pressures from outside and within

Captain and Maria, a pair of big and affectionate akbash dogs, must be adopted together because they are so closely bonded. (SPCA image)
Shuswap SPCA seeks forever home for inseparable Akbash dogs

A fundraiser to help medical expenses for Captain and Maria earned over 10 times its goal

The missing camper heard a GSAR helicopter, and ran from his tree well waving his arms. File photo
Man trapped on Manning mountain did nearly everything right to survive: SAR

The winter experienced camper was overwhelmed by snow conditions

Cory Mills, Eric Blackmore and A.J. Jensen, all 20, drown in the Sooke River in February 2020. (Contributed photos)
Coroner confirms ‘puddle jumping’ in 2020 drowning deaths of 3 B.C. men

Cory Mills, Eric Blackmore and A.J. Jensen pulled into raging river driving through nearby flooding

Castlegar doctor Megan Taylor contracted COVID-19 in November. This photo was taken before the pandemic. Photo: Submitted
Kootenay doctor shares experience contracting COVID-19

Castlegar doctor shares her COVID experience

Ashley Paxman, 29, is in the ICU after being struck by a vehicle along Highway 97 Feb. 18, 2021. She remains in critical condition. (GoFundMe)
Okanagan woman in ICU with broken bones in face after being struck by car

She remains in serious condition following Feb. 18 incident

Most Read