Proclamation for Danielle Horwitz Day
WHEREAS Danielle Horwitz was born in South Africa in 1961; and
AND WHEREAS Dani chose Vancouver as her home in 1986 to pursue a Master’s program in criminology and launch a professional career and lifework dedicated to social justice and improving the life of our citizens whose circumstances left them at the margins of society;
AND WHEREAS Dani delivered workshops, programs and services for young adults with disabilities, for youth at risk, for students of all ages, and for Aboriginal, ethnic and immigrant communities;
AND WHEREAS Dani carried forward her commitment to social change through such community service organizations as the Jewish Community Centre, the Elizabeth Fry Society and the Justice Education Society with a goal to lifting institutional barriers for our citizens;
AND WHEREAS Dani’s teachings about cultural diversity, domestic violence, mental illness, addiction and other social issues have been deeply felt by her students, teachers, members of the Downtown Eastside community, court staff and colleagues in all areas of the justice system;
AND WHEREAS Dani’s friends and family; her colleagues and students, her collaborators and supporters have established the Danielle Horwitz Social Justice Award in her memory to invest in future social justice leaders to take up the mantle of the tangible legacies of a life lived so passionately and fully in pursuit of social justice in Vancouver;
NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor Gregor Robertson, on behalf of the City of Vancouver, do hereby proclaim Saturday April 6, 2013 as “Danielle Horwitz Day”.