Detective Constable Lisa Boniface has formed a great bond with a non-profit agency that advocates for women, seniors and families.
She joined the Elspeth Heyworth Centre for Women board and is actively engaged in the organization that empowers immigrant and newcomer women, seniors and families, through services focused on promoting healthy families, community relationships and economic self-sufficiency.
“I was a bit nervous at the beginning because I have never been on a board,” said Boniface, who had previously worked for Peel Regional Police and has been working in 31 Division for four years. “But things have worked out well and I am enjoying my time with this group.”
Boniface provides piano lessons, once a week, to children whose parents are part of the centre and she plans to contribute to a planned after-school program.
“The centre is in the process of securing funding and, when that comes through, they hope to get that program up and running,” she said.
On Feb. 20, Boniface joined Detective Constable Lindsay Neale in presenting a book – “Violence Against Women: All Pervading” – to federal Minister of Labour and Minister of Status of Women Kellie Leitch, who visited the centre.
Women subjected to violence share their stories in the book, produced by the women’s centre that seeks to spotlight the prevalence of violence against women in Canada and around the world.
Funded by the Toronto Police Services Board, the book is dedicated to the memory of 23-year-old Jyoti Singh, who was gang-raped and thrown from a moving bus in New Delhi in December 16, 2012. She died two weeks later.
Detective Rick Ramjattan also attended the book presentation ceremony.
“The main message that the Minister left with is that women, especially new arrivals to Canada, should be educated on the rights and support services available to them,” he said.