National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

December 6, 1989: we will always remember the fourteen women who were murdered on a snowy end-of-semester day 34 years ago at École Polytechnique, only a few kilometres from Dawson. Twelve of them were studying engineering, a traditionally male dominated field. The youngest three, Geneviève Bergeron, Anne-Marie Edward and Michèle Richard, were only 21 years old. The oldest, Barbara Klucznik-Widajewicz, was 31 years old.

Dawson and Community Resources: Dawson is committed to promoting the prevention of gender-based violence. Here are some Dawson and community resources for women, men and children:

Dawson and Community Resources for Gender-Based and Domestic Violence


We will always remember them:

  • Geneviève Bergeron (born 1968), civil engineering student
  • Hélène Colgan (born 1966), mechanical engineering student
  • Nathalie Croteau (born 1966), mechanical engineering student
  • Barbara Daigneault (born 1967), mechanical engineering student
  • Anne-Marie Edward (born 1968), chemical engineering student
  • Maud Haviernick (born 1960), materials engineering student
  • Maryse Laganière (born 1964), budget clerk in the École Polytechnique’s finance department
  • Maryse Leclair (born 1966), materials engineering student
  • Anne-Marie Lemay (born 1967), mechanical engineering student
  • Sonia Pelletier (born 1961), mechanical engineering student
  • Michèle Richard (born 1968), materials engineering student
  • Annie St-Arneault (born 1966), mechanical engineering student
  • Annie Turcotte (born 1969), materials engineering student
  • Barbara Klucznik-Widajewicz (born 1958), nursing student



Last Modified: December 6, 2023