Member Statement

Member Statement
The Anne Marie D'Amico Foundation: The Turtle Project 

As I’m sure members of this house will remember, in April 2018 my community of Willowdale suffered an immense tragedy. In the weeks following the Yonge Street Van Attack, our community came together to support one another and proved that kindness, love, and community can stamp out hate and division.

Today, I’d like to share Mr. Speaker, that more light is coming from this darkest of events.

Anne Marie D’Amico was one of the victims that day. An inspiring young woman with a passion for helping others. In remembrance of her spirit, her family has created The Anne Marie D’Amico Foundation to raise funds for causes that embody Anne Marie’s spirit and her desire to effect positive change. On Tuesday, December 3rd, the Foundation will be holding their inaugural fundraising event: The Turtle Project at the Meridian Arts Centre in Willowdale. This evening of dance, live music and magic, will raise funds towards a revolutionary new facility for the North York Women's Shelter as part of the foundations' mission to end violence and abuse against women.

Mr. Speaker I have gotten to know the D’Amico family over the last year and have been inspired by Anne-Marie’s story, and the incredible work her family has done to honour her memory and her legacy. I would like to encourage all members of this House and all Ontarians to join me in attending the Turtle Project and supporting the Anne Marie D’Amico Foundation.