Sarah Cornett can still vividly recall the massacre at the École Polytechnique in Montréal 30 years ago, when a gunman murdered 14 female engineering students.

It’s a constant reminder of the value of her work today — helping women escape violence through the Lurana Shelter, a refuge from abused women and children.

“I still have a very vivid and clear memory of that day,” said Cornett, executive director of the Edmonton shelter founded by the Franciscan Sisters of Atonement. “I actually had graduated with an engineering degree only a few years earlier, so I can remember how heavy it hit me, and how it made me feel.

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