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Project to prevent and reduce violence in post secondary communities receives federal funding

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Seneca College and Yellow Brick House partner to identify and address issues

Toronto, November 14, 2012 – “Engaging Young People to Prevent Violence Against Women on Post Secondary campuses,” a joint project between Seneca College and Yellow Brick House, will receive a $200,000 grant from Status of Women Canada, Joe Daniel, Member of Parliament for Don Valley East announced today.“As part of our Government’s commitment to addressing violence against women on university and college campuses, we are pleased to support the partnership between Yellow Brick House and Seneca College,” said MP Daniel. “This joint project will tackle a range of issues related to violence and will help to promote safety across all of the College’s campuses. By working together and empowering young people from our community, we will make it a safe place to live and learn.”

The project will span five of Seneca’s campuses and will engage a committee of students and campus community stakeholders to work together with Yellow Brick House to identify issues of violence affecting women on campus. Students will expand their understanding of these issues and help to prevent and reduce gender-based violence in their campus community.

“Seneca values the safety and security of our students and has a history of providing programs and services to help address these issues,” said David Agnew, Seneca President. “This new partnership, made possible by Status of Women Canada, allows us to draw on the insight and experience of Yellow Brick House and provides us with the opportunity to make more informed decisions about safety on our campuses.”

Yellow Brick House will serve as the project lead providing expertise and knowledge regarding the issues of relationship violence. Yellow Brick House will also provide the necessary support and resources to implement key solutions that are identified by the end of the two-year project.

“Yellow Brick House is thrilled to partner with Seneca College leading the project “Engaging Young People to Prevent Violence against Women on Post Secondary Campuses,”  by bringing awareness to the issue of violence against young women and creating tangible solutions and  long term recommendations to combat the issues faced by students,” said Lorris Herenda, Executive Director of Yellow Brick House. “Dedicating 34 years within this community to empowering women and children to live violence free lives, has enabled us to approach this momentous project with expertise, skill and a clear sense of the goal. We thank Status of Women Canada for being a leader and recognizing the critical importance of creating solutions aimed at preventing violence against all women regardless of race, age, religion, economic or social group.”

About Yellow Brick House

Yellow Brick House, a nonprofit organization, provides emergency shelter, counselling and supportive services to abused women and their children in York Region. To learn more about Yellow Brick House, please visit the web site www.yellowbrickhouse.org

About Seneca College

With campuses across the Greater Toronto Area, Seneca offers degrees, diplomas and certificates renowned for their quality and respected by employers. Combining the highest academic standards with practical, hands-on learning, expert teaching faculty and the latest technology ensures Seneca graduates are career-ready.

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For more information, please contact:

Seneca College Media Relations
media.release@senecacollege.ca
416-491-5050 ext. 77018

Marnie Sigmar
Manager, Resource Development, Yellow Brick House
marnies@yellowbrickhouse.org
905-709-0900 ext. 2233

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