McGuinty Government Honours Holocaust Survivors
Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty today joined the Canadian Society for Yad Vashem in honouring victims of the Holocaust, paying tribute to survivors and encouraging Ontarians to promote understanding in their communities.
"Today, we remember those who survived a dark chapter in human history to go on to live lives of service, and commitment to family and community," said Premier McGuinty. "The people we honour today lived through hardships that no child should have to endure and showed bravery far beyond their years."
Premier McGuinty joined the Consul General of Israel, Ya'acov Brosh, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Mike Colle, Community Safety and Correctional Services Minister Monte Kwinter and community members for today's ceremony.
Yom ha-Shoah was established in 1998 as the provincial Holocaust Memorial Day to educate Ontarians about the enduring lessons of the Holocaust and to recognize Holocaust survivors.
As part of today's ceremony, Premier McGuinty presented scrolls to 10 people who survived the Holocaust, built new lives in Ontario and made outstanding contributions to their communities and the province.
"The presence of these survivors is a testament to the strength of the human spirit in the face of depravity," said Colle. "Each recipient has triumphed over unimaginable physical and emotional trauma. We are privileged to be here with them today."
"Remembering the bravery of the Holocaust survivors and hearing their stories, gives us the strength and resolve to say that evil has no place in our society and that we will not stand for it," said Premier McGuinty.