Media Advisory - Candlelit Procession in Memory of Canadian Social Activist June Callwood

    TORONTO, April 14 /CNW/ - In honour of the memory of renowned journalist
and social activist June Callwood, two of the agencies she founded, Casey
House Hospice and Jessie's Centre for Teenagers, have together organized a
candlelit memorial procession, to occur at dusk on Tuesday, April 17th, 2007.
    We invite all those who knew and loved June Callwood to walk with us in
her memory.
    "June Callwood had a knack for exposing the tears in Canada's social
fabric, and envisioning ways to mend them," said Stephanie Karapita, Chief
Executive Officer of Casey House. "Casey House, the first HIV/AIDS hospice of
its kind in the world, is a testament to her vision. She will be profoundly
    "Without June's passion, there would be no Jessie's Centre," said Liz
Chamberlain, Executive Director of Jessie's Centre for Teenagers. "June
committed 25 years of her life to our Centre and helped us build a strong
vibrant service that has helped thousands of families, just as she helped
support so many other fine organizations."
    The memorial procession will begin at Jessie's Centre for Teenagers at
205 Parliament Street (south of Shuter St.) at 7:45 p.m. on Tuesday. We will
play a piece of June's favourite music and light a candle to accompany us on
our journey. From there, the procession will move north to Casey House Hospice
at 9 Huntley St. (at Isabella), where the memorial will end with a silent
remembrance, after which the public may enter Casey House to sign the
Condolence Book for June Callwood.
    The route was chosen as an especially fitting tribute to June Callwood's
vision. Jessie's Centre for Teenagers is an organization serving teen parents
and their babies, and represented for June an organic model of communities
helping to raise families. Casey House Hospice was built on June's dream of
compassionate care for those at the end of life, and her commitment to people
living with HIV/AIDS. The procession will wind past some of the oldest and
poorest neighbourhoods of Toronto, recognizing June's tireless efforts to end
poverty in Canada.
    Casey House also invites members of the public who wish to join us in
remembering June's courageous life to visit Casey House between now and April
17th (between the hours of 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.) to sign the Condolence Book in
her honour. For those unable to attend in person, Casey House has created an
online tribute to June Callwood, including a detailed biography, selected
photos, and an online Condolence Book at In the tradition
of Casey House, a candle will burn in June's honour in the front window for
three days.
    Jessie's Centre for Teenagers was founded by June Callwood more than 25
years ago and she has been our agency mother ever since. We invite the public
to learn more about Jessie's Centre and June by visiting our website at

    EVENT:  Memorial procession for June Callwood
    WHEN:   Tuesday, April 17th, 2007. Procession to start at 7:45 p.m.
    WHO:    Open to all
            -  Start: Jessie's Centre, 205 Parliament St., just south of
               Shuter St.
            -  North on Parliament to Wellesley St. E.
            -  West on Wellesley St. E. to Jarvis St.
            -  North on Jarvis St. to Isabella St.
            -  East on Isabella St. to Casey House, 9 Huntley St.
               (Total distance approx. 2.5 kms)


    Jessie's Centre has created a video honouring June Callwood's 25 years of
service. It is available to upload at or
a DVD copy is available on request.

For further information:

For further information: Media Contacts: For Casey House Hospice:
Kathleen Sandusky, Communications, Casey House, (416) 962-4040 ext. 268, (416)
434-7763 (cell),; For Jessie's Centre for Teenagers:
Liz Chamberlain, Executive Director, Jessie's Centre,(416) 365-1888, ext. 231,
(647) 244-6506 (cell),

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