Stellarton residents gather to honour memory of Catherine Campbell
Published Sunday, December 4, 2016 6:44PM AST
Over 100 people marched through Stellarton, N.S., on Sunday to honour the memory of Catherine Campbell, who was serving as a police officer in Truro before being killed in September of 2015.
Campbell’s family and friends say they held the walk to share a message on behalf of all women who can no longer speak for themselves.
“We just feel that it's time that people become aware of this,” said Campbell’s mother, Susan Campbell. “I know a lot of people are aware of the violence against women but it has to stop.”
Catherine Campbell also served for a time in the Stellarton Volunteer Fire Department. Brigade members marched in their gear to show their support.
“In a small town like Stellarton, you don't expect this to happen,” said Deputy Fire Chief Mike O’Sullivan. “But violence unfortunately is an everyday occurrence, and hopefully this will make awareness.”
Prior to the march, donations were accepted for the Pictou County Food Bank in memory of Campbell. Mary Jane Jeffery, a case worker with the Truro Womens Centre, distributed purple ribbons and cards of kindness with Campbell's picture to support the cause.
She says education is key.
“Teaching people. teaching girls at a young age, teaching boys. Everybody needs to be included in the conversation, that violence against women, violence against girls, violence against anybody is not okay,” said Jeffery.
The crowd marched on Foord Street, the main road in the small town. They made their way to the fire hall and had a chance to get warm.
Family and friends say the response from the community has been amazing.
“We know how other families feel now and our heart goes out to everybody that's lost somebody through violence,” said Susan Campbell.
“We live in a small community and it's really nice to see that everybody supports everybody, no matter what the issue is or the situation,” said rally attendee Lee Ann Gordon.
Christopher Garnier, 28, will go to trial in November of next year on a charge of second-degree murder in connection with Campbell’s death. He has a bail hearing scheduled for Dec. 19.
With files from CTV Atlantic’s Dan MacIntosh.