On Saturday, Ashley Simpson's spirit was felt across the country as her family, friends and supporters participated in walks in tribute to the missing and murdered women of Canada.
In B.C., her father, John Simpson, joined the families of Caitlin Potts and Deanna Wertz who also disappeared last year from Enderby and Salmon Arm. The walk, organized by Jody Leon, is meant to remember the murdered and missing indigenous women who have been the target of so much violence and neglect.
Across the country, in St. Catharines, Ontario, there was a walk in Ashley's memory.
Students and staff from Brock University joined in the walk. Ashley's cousin, Sarah McGean, Administrative Coordinator and Academic Advisor at Brock's Tecumseh Centre for Aboriginal Research and Education walked in her honor.
Ashley's aunt, Julie Major also organized a walk in Marathon, Ontario.
The walks were a success. There was only one low point. That time city staff in Enderby took down a poster right in front of a family member. Shame!