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.

Join us for the annual beeswax candle making to commemorate the lives of the 14 women who were murdered on December 6, 1989 at Ecole Polytechnique in Montreal. Keep the first pair you make (by donation). The rest of the candles will be sold on campus

Drop in anytime between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the Women’s Resource Centre (MSC 482) November 14 – 22, 2022 

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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, mauve and natural. Proceeds from candle sales help support our programs.

Candle sales take place in November & December.

Purchase candles in person by dropping by our space Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Starting Nov. 15.

Candle Sale Tables on Campus

  • Thursday, Dec. 1 | 10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. @ Science B Concourse
  • Monday, Dec. 5 | 10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. @ MacEwan Student Centre (Near Kobe Beef) 

Payment method: cash, debit, credit, or cheque (addressed to University of Calgary)