Brampton Community Rallies in Support of Youth Forum, Dr Dhalla
Brampton, March 26, 2009
Brampton- Over 200 Brampton residents, teachers, youth, community
organizations and elected officials united yesterday to develop
community based solutions on the issue of youth violence in Brampton.
In response to the growing incidents of drugs, guns, gangs, and
violence amongst youth in Brampton, Dr. Ruby Dhalla, Member of Parliament
for Brampton Springdale along with the Brampton-Springdale Youth
Advisory Council (BSYAC) hosted a forum to address the on going
issue of violence in Peel Region.
The Brampton-Springdale Youth Advisory Council (BSYAC) was created
to empower youth to actively participate in designing and developing
solutions for issues and challenges that confront them.
“With the increase in violence there is a need for the Brampton
community to work together to ensure we have a bottom-up approach
to address the issue of violence in our community” said Dr.
Of special importance to the youth forum were presentations from
families who have lost their sons and daughters to violence including
Caneth Masih who lost his son to gun violence in Brampton last year
and Audette Shepherd who lost her son (brother of NBA star Jamal
Magloire) to gun violence in 2001.
Youth also had the opportunity to provide valuable advice and suggestions
to the parents and representatives in attendance including Peel
Police, The Region of Peel, the Honourable Justice Marvin G Morton,
Bruce Haines of Brampton-Neighbourhood Resource Centre, the Boys
and Girls Club and United Achievers.
"Youth are the future of our city and community. We must ensure
youth are empowered with the resources they need to make the change
they want to see happen. This forum allowed for a greater dialogue
between youth and community members to discuss strategies and solutions
on the issue of youth violence” said Dr. Dhalla.