The Shield of Athena’s Multilingual Community Outreach Department received the 2012 Excellence Award from the Ministry of Health and Social Services of Québec, in the category Support to Vulnerable Persons and Groups.
The award was presented by the Canadian Minister of Health Réjean Hebert and the Minister for Public Health and Youth Protection Veronique Hivon in Quebec City.
The organization was cited for its commitment to provide information about domestic violence and abuse in different languages of the world. “We aim to overcome any language barriers found in the different ethn-ocultural communities of Montreal by providing the victims of family violence with all the necessary information through a social worker that speaks their language,” noted the coordinator, Maud Pontel.
For the past 21 years Shield of Athena has been supporting and promoting the rights of abused women who try to break the circle of domestic violence providing emergency shelter to women and their children 24/7.