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Educating the public to the realities of family violence is a primary goal of the Muriel McQueen Fergusson Foundation. Since children are often the victims of family abuse, chapters were formed in schools to help children learn about family violence in a safe setting.
Fredericton High School was the first school chapter. The numbers of chapters have expanded to include Harvey High School and Oromocto High School, and most recently, Bernice MacNaughton High School in Moncton. The benefits of these chapters to the school population are great. Students not only learn about family violence, they develop projects enlisting the support of their peers to try to eradicate family violence. They become educated in the social injustices that exist in society and help to right these ills by raising money and participating in such meaningful experiences as 12 Hours for the Homeless. They create awareness in their schools through distribution of literature, displays and having their principals formally acknowledge November as Family Violence Prevention Month by signing proclamations.
The dream is to have every school develop a chapter and educate their students so that family violence will one day be eradicated.
Ann Kennedy - Provincial Chapter Liaison
Katherine Leblanc - Bernice McNaughton High School
Pamela Hatheway - Fredericton High School
Jane Fiander - Harvey High School
Angie Snyder - Oromocto High School
City Based Chapter
Chris Doran - Saint John