On September 13, 2006 a lone gunman entered Dawson College in Montreal and began shooting. Two people died, 16 were injured and the entire country was in shock. One year after this tragic event, the College announced its commitment to create a peace garden both as a living memorial to the student who lost her life, Anastasia De Sousa, but also as a testament to the courage and determination of all the survivors, the injured, their families and the entire community.
Five years later, a class of 32 students developed a newfound connection to the planet they call home during an outdoor leadership course. They wanted to give something back and decided to try to raise $100,000+ as a class project to fund the construction of the 20,000 square-foot garden. The students' wish is that people from around the world participate in welcoming Nature back into an urban environment in the form of a living symbol of a peaceful and nonviolent world.