December 6 memorial candle making and sale

Each year, the WRC handcrafts candle pairs to be sold during the 16 Days of Activism between International Day for Elimination of Violence Against Women (Nov. 25) and International Human Rights Day.

Learn more about the 16 Days of Activism

The making of the candles to commemorate the National Day of Remembrance and Action Against Violence Against Women (Dec. 6) is a tradition initiated in 1987 by the Canadian Voice of Women who began making candles to promote peace. These candles are made to remember the lives of the 14 women who died tragically on December 6, 1989 at L'École Polytechnique in Montreal, and to inspire us to do what is within our power to bring an end to violence against women.

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Candle making

Help end gender-based violence by participating in the WRC’s candle making fundraiser.

From Tuesday, Nov. 19 to Thursday, Nov. 21, the UCalgary community is invited to come together to make beeswax candle pairs. Candle making takes place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. each day. The candles are sold during our annual fundraiser to support programming at the Women’s Resource Centre. Come to meet other community members or gather with your peers, colleagues and co-workers.

Main Campus:

  • Tuesday, Nov. 19 – Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019
  • Drop in anytime between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
  • Women’s Resource Centre (MSC 482)

Downtown Campus:

  • Thursday, Nov. 28, 2019
  • Drop in anytime between 1 and 2 p.m.
  • School of Public Policy Executive Boardroom, Room 526, 5th Floor, Downtown Campus
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Candle sales

Each December, you can purchase a pair of our handmade, 100% beeswax candles made by members of the university community for $5. The candles come in burgundy, green, purple and natural. Proceeds from candle sales help support our programs.

Candle sales take place in December.

Candle Sales:

Friday, Nov. 29 - Kinesiology Atrium, 10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Monday, Dec 2 - Kinesiology Atrium, 10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 3 - TFDL Foyer, 10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 4 - MacEwan Student Centre (in front of Dairy Queen), 10:30 - 2:30 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 5 - TFDL Foyer, 10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

You can also purchase candles by dropping by the Women's Resource Centre anytime from Monday to Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.