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Fundraiser to help Osborne House
MLA lost friend to domestic violence, wants awareness
Debbie Scromeda wants the murder of her daughter to help other women.
Shannon Scromeda was beaten to death in 2008 by her common law partner, Kevin Strong, while her four-year-old son was at home.
Scromeda’s mother and members of the community are busy preparing for an upcoming event to raise funds and awareness for Osborne House.
Osborne House — a crisis shelter for women and children — announced earlier this year it will be forced to cut services unless more funding is secured.
The fundraiser is partly spearheaded by St. Norbert MLA Dave Gaudreau, who became friends with Shannon when they worked for the City of Winnipeg.
The bud, spud and steak event will be held at Area Nightclub at 1792 Pembina Hwy. from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Fri., May 4. Tickets are $20. There will be a 50/50 draw, a silent auction and prizes that include donations from the Jets and the Bombers.
"Domestic violence is so prevalent now," Scromeda said, adding that both families have "come together" to raise Shannon’s son.
"These women need a place to stay safe if they have to grab the children with just the shoes on their feet and the clothes on their backs at short notice," Scromeda said.
"If Shannon’s murder can help one woman, then I’m hoping we can bring something positive from this."
Scromeda said she had no idea that her daughter was suffering abuse at home or was in any danger.
"There was no indication she was in trouble. I knew nothing. That was the hardest thing," she said. "I just wanted the best for her. As her mom, Shannon would’ve known I’d have stepped in and done something."
The West Kildonan resident said some abuse victims live with a sense of embarrassment or shame, so they keep their secret hidden from family, friends and co-workers.
Gaudreau said he hopes Shannon’s story will encourage more domestic abuse victims to find the strength to speak out.
"They need to realize it’s not at all their fault and that they can get out of the relationship and get help. Getting out of that situation is the first priority. The other stuff can be worried about later," he said.
Gaudreau said there were a few signals about Shannon’s situation, even though she stayed in the relationship.
"A few friends and I had suspicions and offered her a safe place to run to, but she had a big heart and thought she could help him (Strong) after he got into drugs and help him turn his life around."
Donations for the event can be dropped off at Area Nightclub. For tickets, or more information, call Gaudreau at 799-2337.
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