Sisters Join the Toronto Bridge Walk
The Sisters of St. Joseph were present for Toronto's Join Me On The Bridge event, a walk across the Prince Edward Viaduct bridge on Bloor Street. The walk recognized the need for equality and peace for women. Sisters Cecelia Tallack, Georgette Gregory, Betty Lou Knox and Jacqueline de Verteuil (pictured left to right) attended the March 8 event.
Armed with shakers, rattlers and assorted noisemakers, the four Sisters joined over 30 women in walking along the bridge, carrying a banner for their cause. After the walk, they joined their fellow walkers in pledging support to women faced with violence and discrimination.
Similar walks for the same purpose were being held in cities as near as New York City and as far as Cape Town in South Africa. Over 100 bridges across the planet were part of this global campaign organized by Women for Women International. The bridge-walks called attention to women's issues including safety and poverty.
"I'm proud to be here," said Sister Jacqueline, as she held a corner of the banner for Join Me On The Bridge with her fellow walkers and took her turn describing the difficulties women endure around the world. Passing pedestrians stopped to listen to the gathered women.
"We raise awareness," said Sister Jacqueline, "for anyone who passes by and sees us."