It is with deep sadness and regrets that we inform you that a young man was tragically killed in our community on Monday. This happened in one of our local parks whilst hundreds of children, young people and families were enjoying the sun. This week, we have been reflecting on the huge impact that violence has on entire communities. What do communities need most when exposed to such serious violence, trauma and loss? Whilst young people are killed all too frequently in our city; urgent and essential support for those affected is still not widely available. At this time, we would ask you to please keep his family, friends and our whole community in your thoughts and hearts.
Wishing you all peace and healing,
The 4Front Project Team
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Part 2 of the #LifeAtThe4Front series is now live. In this week’s episode, you can hear from Temi, Abshir, Maia and Chris, who all share what motivates them to be a part of the transformative and visionary work 4Front does every day. They talk about their passions as well as their favourite parts of their roles and more. Press play to hear about #LifeAtThe4Front.
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By Mediocre Dave:
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