Paula Gallant’s family remembered her at a gathering last night on what would have been her 39th birthday and which was the day before the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women, marking the 19th anniversary of the Montreal massacre.
The popular teacher and mother of one was discovered stuffed in the trunk of her car on Dec. 28, 2005. Her green Chevrolet Cavalier was found in the parking lot outside the school where she taught, in the middle of a Timberlea subdivision.
Three years later, inside the school’s gymnasium, decorated in the light purple colour acknowledging the atrocity of violence against women, it was clear that emotions among community members are still raw.
Ms. Gallant’s two older sisters wiped away tears while addressing the crowd gathered for the ceremony, held to keep the spotlight on her unsolved murder and to commemorate her life….
Lynn Gallant-Blackburn and Lana Kenny also received a special honour — two gold Democracy 250 medallions presented by area MLA Bill Estabrooks. The women have been front and centre in focusing public attention on the search for their sister’s killer. The reward for information leading to a conviction in any of 51 major crimes, including Paula’s murder, is now at $150,000.
We are sure there are family members and friends remembering Leslie Ann Conrad too as we do on reading about Paula, though not so visibly as the Gallant family. Visible or invisible, remembering does not bring the the murdered back or the guilty to justice, but in the end there is always justice of a sort- visible or invisible.