By Daniel Kirchin
Local Journalism Initiative
In a solemn remembrance ceremony held at Plymouth Trinity United Church on Monday evening, community members gathered to reflect on a harrowing incident that occurred seven years ago. The event, etched vividly in the memory of those present, unfolded on a Sunday evening when a shooter entered the Islamic Cultural Centre of Quebec, leaving six people dead and five injured.
The annual commemoration activity, organized by Actions interculturelles executive director Mohamed Soulami and Abdelilah Hamdache, president of the Institute of the Arab and Muslim World of Estrie, saw the participation of 12 organizations, including the Federation of Cultural Communities of Estrie, the Transcultural Educational Association, the Diocese of Sherbrooke, and the Islamic Cemetery of South-Eastern Quebec.
Others including Samuel Dansokho, Ahmed Chraibi, Aurélie Caldwell, and Gérard Coté, collaborated in the commemoration ceremony. As a diverse assembly gathered for a symbolic minute of silence and contemplation, candles were lit by young people from the Muslim community, symbolizing a collective remembrance and a call for unity.