Commemoration of the Danforth Tragedy – July 22, 2020

Dear Friends,

I know that past few months haven’t been easy and the pandemic has taken a toll on many. But our community is strong and resilient, and we always support each other in times of need.

This Wednesday, July 22 marks the 2nd anniversary of the Danforth Tragedy. Our community continues to heal and I will always remember the ways in which everyone came together to support the victims and their families.

Due to COVID-19 and current public health measures, we are not able to hold an in-person gathering at this time. The City will be remembering and honouring the two lives that were lost and the 13 who were injured through a Virtual Commemoration.

The Virtual Commemoration will be available online here the afternoon of July 22:
https://www.toronto.ca/city-government/awards-tributes/tributes/commemoration-of-the-danforth-tragedy/

I will also be joining Mayor Tory and the families of Reese Fallon and Julianna Kozis, the two young women we lost, for a private ceremony Wednesday morning. Later in the evening, the City will dim the Toronto sign at Nathan Phillips Square.

Last year, to mark the first anniversary, two trees were planted in the north east corner of Withrow Park, in memory of Reese Fallon and Julianna Kozis. This planting was part of a commemorative ceremony held in the park for the families and survivors, First Responders, friends and neighbours.

This year, families, friends and community members may visit the park throughout the day and lay flowers while observing physical distancing and following public health orders.

As this anniversary may bring back painful and traumatic memories, those who require support or counselling are advised to call 211 or visit the Mental Health Resources webpage to access more information on mental health support, including a list of City partners that are offering free mental health services.
https://www.toronto.ca/home/covid-19/covid-19-protect-yourself-others/covid-19-mental-health-resources/

Please continue to take care of one another and connect with loved ones, friends, and members of our community who may find this anniversary difficult.