Spotlight on TBTN Performers – Eileen Griffet

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Take Back the Night, an annual event organized by SACHA — Sexual Assault Centre (Hamilton & Area) — is a powerful opportunity for all woman-identified individuals to actively build connections, assertively reclaim our right to safety, and courageously stand up against sexual violence.

This year we’re celebrating Take Back the Night in Hamilton on Thursday, September 18th at Hamilton City Hall.

More details about the event here.

We’re highlighting the amazing performers that bring life to and share their skills with us during our TBTN rally.

Eileen Griffet has volunteered at SACHA on our Management Committee, 24 Hour Support Line, as well as on the Take Back the Night Coordinating Committee.  This year Eileen will be leading laughter yoga during the TBTN rally. She has a great laugh and we can’t wait for her to share it with everyone at TBTN!

DSCN1311Tell us more about laughter yoga?

I was introduced to laughter yoga many years ago when I ran a girls group at work. I invited a leader to one of our sessions and was attracted to her passion and excitement. Several years later I met up with a leader who I knew and told her I was interested in becoming a leader (I saw many ways that it could be used in my life and with those I work and volunteer with) and she was running a training that weekend so I went. That was summer of 2013.

What excites you about leading laughter yoga at Take Back the Night?

Take Back the Night is a very special evening for me. It was how I was introduced to SACHA. I started taking my daughter shortly after she was abused as a young girl. I am so excited to bring laughter to a very serious celebration. I hope that I can spread some laughter without forgetting why we are there.

Do you have a particular TBTN memory that you would like to share?

My favourite memory happens every year. I just love watching the start of the march. Seeing all those women united against violence – strong and passionate – brings tears to my eyes every year. For me it is the best part of the night.

Why do you march at TBTN?

I march for my daughter and for all women. As a woman I have a responsibility to do all I can to support and help all other women.

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