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October 27, 2016: Community ‘Stands Together’; Remembering Abdirahman Abdi.

October 27, 2016: Community ‘Stands Together’;
Remembering Abdirahman Abdi.

By Paulette Dozois, HCA.

On Sunday 16 October 2016, many parts of the Hintonburg community came together to remember Abdirahman Abdi after his tragic death at 55 Hilda Street on 24 July 2016.

This event, called “Standing Together: Arts and Community”, was organized by Councillor Jeff Leiper, the Hintonburg Community Association, the Somerset West Community Organization, the Justice for Abdirahman Abdi Coalition, the Ottawa Muslim Association, the House of Paint, and the Abdi family.

The purpose of the event was to remember Abdirahman, and to heal and work together for the future of our community. The event was also a means for the Abdi family to express their thanks to those who have given support in this difficult time.

The afternoon consisted of live art by local artists Angela McGowan and Daniel Martelock who were joined by House of Paint artists and volunteers who organized a children’s art project. Other children’s activities included face painting and playing with the large ‘fun’ blocks donated by Resurrection Church and their pastor Ben Joliffe.

The adults enjoyed a BBQ organized by volunteers of the Ottawa mosque. Introduced by organizer and local OSICO resident Naema Ali, the formal part of the afternoon was opened by Mista Wasis, followed by Reverend Anthony Bailey of Parkdale United Church, Imam Samy Metwally, Jeff Leiper and Lawrence Greenspon who informed the community that the SIU’s investigation of the event was ongoing.

An afternoon rain did not dampen the spirits of more than 150 local residents who attended. It is hoped that future art projects will follow this first Standing Together event.

11 people standing for the camera (including The Authoe and the councillor)

Standing Together…

Photo Caption: Some of the organizers and volunteers for Standing Together in our Community Through Art. Photo provided by Nimao Ali.

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