“There was lots of rage and we took that rage and turned it into action,” Erin Lee said at County Council on May 10.
Lee, executive director of Lanark County Interval House, spoke about the reasons behind the See It, Name It, Change It program launched at the Community Services Committee meeting.
They took information from survivors, looked at issues such as isolation, heard about the daily realities and complexities facing families in Lanark and formed a working group of people from Lanark, Lennox and Addington, and Leeds and Grenville counties to begin to counteract and deal with the problems of increased violence and murders in rural eastern Ontario.
Lee equated the See It, Name It, Change It program to the one we all learned at school — Stop, Drop and Roll. It’s always in the back of your mind, something to rely on in an emergency. The campaign helps people understand what violence looks like (see it), name it by speaking up and undertake actions to change it.
Information about the campaign can be found the campaign Facebook page. More information and resources can be obtained by emailing email@example.com or by contacting area shelters: Lanark County Interval House www.lcih.org, Lennox & Addington www.intervalhousenapanee.ca, Leeds and Grenville Interval House www.lgih.ca .
The Beyond the Forums, the working group behind the campaign, has made information available through tear-away posters, postcards, magnetic signs, bumper stickers and post-it notes.
Lanark County Warden Bill Dobson said in response to the launch, “You’ll get the backing of this council.”
Councillor Flynn commented that there is still a great need for transitional housing as Interval Houses fill up quickly.
Erin Lee (left) launched the SeeIt Name It Change It campaign at County Council Wednesday.