With 1 in 3 girls and 1 in 6 boys experiencing an unwanted traumatic event before they are 18 years of age , it has become clear that Canadians must rally together to take a stand against childhood trauma. Our first Victor Walk in 2013, was a huge success nationwide, and since then we have been working to keep the momentum high with the community we’ve built up together. A national movement powered by an Orange Wave of Courage, the Victor Walk will see Theo Fleury giving a voice to those who have been affected by trauma throughout their lifetimes. Supported by communities across the country, this Victor Walk on July 23, 2016, is recognized as a national movement and is hoped to change the way Canadians understand the effects of childhood trauma.
This year, our team will be walking an extended route for five days from Russell to Winnipeg MB, to bring a very bright spotlight on the horrors of childhood trauma. Eight million Canadians have suffered from shame and pain of childhood trauma long enough. The exact details of the route will be released as soon as possible, but here’s where the 2016 Victor Walk Tour will be heading and when:
July 19: Russell MB
Noon BBQ and Rally @ Major Pratt School followed by our Walk out of town. All are welcome to walk with us. Details on Facebook here.
July 20: Neepawa MB
11:00 am The Walk will start and end at the Yellowhead Centre for lunch and Rally. Details on Facebook here.
July 21: Brandon MB
12:30 – Meet at Keystone Centre along 18th Street
12:45 – Start along 18th Street to Richmond, down Richmond to 9th Street, north on 9th/10th street to the South End Community Centre where a youth carnival will be occurring with 100+ youth
1:00 pm – Dignitary open for Mr. Fleury
1:15 pm — Closing and autographs
July 22: Portage la Prairie MB
5:30 pm Rally at the Island Park Bandshell and vendors/food trucks open at 5:00 for purchasing dinner ahead of time. Performances will include:
- Lucien Spence
- Edgar Desjarlais
- The Prairie Steppers
- Drum Band (TBA)
Sponsored by Canadian Mental Health Association – Central Region, details on Facebook here.
July 23: Winnipeg MB
11:00 am Walk from The Forks to the Legislature Grounds, where a grand finale rally will take place! Meetup details will be announced shortly. Details on Facebook here.
Many of you have expressed interest in joining us on the five-day journey, however due to safety reasons, we cannot oblige.
We encourage you to join your own community walk, or if you live along the route that we are walking, meet us during the walk to cheer us on. Please click here to find out how you can organize a Victor Walk in your area, and be a part of one of the greatest teams ever assembled to make a difference on behalf of childhood trauma.
Sister Victor Walks are currently being organized in the following communities for July 23, 2016:
- Toronto ON
- London ON
- Oakville ON
- Georgetown ON
- Wasaga Beach ON
- Halifax NS
- Russell MB
- Moncton NB, details on Facebook here.
*The Victor Movement reserves the right to refuse people or groups to join or participate in the Victor Walk at it’s sole discretion. The Victor Movement is not liable in any way for any injury or damage caused by participating in the Victor Walk.
Huge thank you to our sponsors for the 2016 Victor Walk: