We were horrified to hear about the loss of an innocent Muslim family in London. A hate crime led to the death of four family members on Sunday, June 6th while they were out for a walk. Our sincere condolences to the family and to the Muslim community.
Here is some information about the victims:
• Mrs. Madiha Salman (44) was in the process of working towards finishing her exams to obtain her PhD at Western University in Civil engineering; she was a brilliant scholar and a caring mother and friend.
• Mr. Salman Afzaal (46) was a physiotherapist and beloved member of the London community – whether at his local cricket matches or at the mosque, he was the first to greet you with his gentle and welcoming smile.
• Yumna Salman (15), their daughter, a loving friend to many, was finishing up her grade 9 year at Oakridge Secondary School.
• Accompanying the family, was Yumna and Fayez’s grandmother (74), mother of Mr. Afzaal, who was a pillar of their family that cherished their daily walks.
• The family is survived by Fayez Salman (9) who is currently in the hospital and being supported by his extended family.
Our hearts go out to Fayez, their family and friends, as well as Muslims across the country who have been shaken by this deplorable act of terror. We need to stand against Islamophobia and any forms of hate and racism. We need to continue to learn how to become better allies to communities that experience discrimination and we will continue to speak up against all forms of hate.
Here are few resources that may be helpful:
This is both a crisis/distress line and a point of access for all mental health/addictions services in the region. They are offering free counselling for healthcare workers.
This service provides all the children and youth mental health services
Self Help and Peer Support website
Waterloo Wellington Self Management Program
This has a few workshops that may be helpful for people.
Offers free support groups on various topics that are facilitated by a clinician.