Local MPs to announce Brock funding to prevent gender-based and family violence

MEDIA RELEASE: 11 February 2020 – R0028

Members of the media and the Niagara community are invited to Brock University on Wednesday, Feb. 12 at 10 a.m. for an announcement about the Government of Canada’s support of the Shape Your Life (SYL) boxing program for youth affected by family violence in two Canadian cities.

On behalf of the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Federal Minister of Health, Member of Parliament for St. Catharines Chris Bittle and Niagara Centre Member of Parliament Vance Badawey will announce federal support for the program aimed at helping to prevent gender-based and family violence.

Shape Your Life, which has worked with more than 1,800 female-identified survivors of violence in Toronto since its inception in 2007, will extend its support services to youth aged 13 to 18 affected by family violence in both the Niagara region and in Edmonton, Alta. thanks to funding from the Public Health Agency of Canada.

The Brock-based team overseeing and implementing this project includes Professor of Kinesiology and SYL co-founder Cathy van Ingen and Associate Professor of Kinesiology Kimberley Gammage.


What: Public Health Agency of Canada, Health Canada Funding Announcement

Who: St. Catharines MP Chris Bittle and Niagara Centre MP Vance Badawey

When: Wednesday, Feb. 12, 10 to 10:30 a.m.

Where: Scotiabank Atrium, Roy and Lois Cairns Health and Bioscience Research Complex, Brock University

For more information or for assistance arranging interviews: 

* Dan Dakin, Manager Communications and Media Relations, Brock University ddakin@brocku.ca, 905-688-5550 x5353 or 905-347-1970

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