May 18, 2022
965 Switzer Drive
Hinton, AB T7V 1
From Darkness... Comes Light- Community Vigil
Wednesday, May 18, 2022
Change in location: Green square location has been changed to Hinton Community Centre.
A community candlelight vigil is being held in Hinton next week to recognize and support victims and survivors of crime.
The community event, called From Darkness Comes Light, has been organized by Family and Community Support Services (FCSS), together with Hinton Victim Support Services, as part of National Victims and Survivors of Crime Week (May 15-21). Funded by a grant from the Department of Justice Canada, events in Hinton during that week are designed to promote a sense of support within our community while focusing on emerging criminal trends.
The first part of the week will focus on education and awareness in schools and in the community on the theme of exploitation through social media and the lasting trauma this can have. This will be followed by the candlelight vigil for all residents to attend, with the message to all victims of crime that there is a light at the end of the day.
The community is invited to arrive at 6 p.m. for chili and Bannock provided by the Old Grind, followed by words from Hinton RCMP and Deputy Mayor Trevor Haas. Guests will be given electronic candles to light for the vigil and moment of silence, and the evening will close with Alchemy Crystal Singing Bowls by Sacred Winds to help raise and clear energies, and drummers from Hinton Friendship Centre. MC for the evening is Natascha Thoennes, executive director of Hinton Victim Support Services, and there will be a Memory Board onsite to post messages of remembrance and support.
Hinton Mayor Marcel Michaels said: “The Town of Hinton is proud to be a part of Victims and Survivors of Crime Week and host events to support those in our community who have been affected by crime. This week, we salute the strength and resilience of victims and their families, while respectfully acknowledging what they have gone through. We also take this opportunity to sincerely thank the many dedicated and hardworking victim advocates, service providers, professionals and volunteers who support them in our community.”