November 09, 2005 15:38 ET

City of Montreal Supports 12th Annual Bouclier d'Athena Art Auction

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(CCNMatthews - Nov. 9, 2005) - Marcel Tremblay, Associate Councillor to Mayor Gerald Tremblay and Councillor Responsible for Cross-Cultural Relations for the City of Montreal, along with Chris Ann Nakis and Melpa Kamateros, respectively President and Executive Director of the Bouclier d'Athena, and Dr. George Tsoukas, Honourary Chair of the organization's 2005 fundraising campaign, announce the 12th annual edition of the Bouclier d'Athena art auction.

The auction, to be held Sunday, November 20, at Marche Bonsecours, is one of this organization's main fundraising activities and also provides an opportunity to raise public awareness of the appalling consequences of domestic violence.

Councillor Tremblay said the City considers it extremely important to support such initiatives. "Domestic violence is a tragedy for its victims," he said. "We are all affected by this situation and it is up to us not only to condemn it, but to take tangible action to combat it. That is why the City of Montreal plans to continue supporting organizations like the Bouclier d'Athena, which devote themselves to this cause day-in and day-out."

The Bouclier d'Athena held its first art auction in June 1994 and the event has grown in size and stature since that time, rallying the support of many artists. Today, the auction is a multicultural affair that features varied quality artworks, including the recent addition of sculpture and jewelry. The contributing artists, both professional and amateur, work in every medium and hail from all of the City's ethnocultural communities.

Founded in 1991, the Bouclier d'Athena is a non-profit community organization that provides specialized multilingual services to women and children who are victims of domestic violence. The organization operates a network of external services in Montreal and Laval, as well as a shelter, the Maison d'Athena. The Bouclier d'Athena also organizes a high-profile domestic-violence awareness and prevention campaign.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Mayor and Executive Committee
    Darren Becker
    (514) 872-6412
    Department of Cultural Development, Quality of Life
    and Ethnocultural Diversity
    Mylene Bernard
    (514) 868-5103