9:30 a.m., Aug. 22)
Community Fun Day honours legacy of murdered teen
By Fred Sherwin
been 13 years since Oladapo Agoro was stabbed to death
while trying to break up a fight in a downtown dance club.
Agoro was stabbed to death in 2002 while trying
to break up a fight just two weeks short of
his high school graduation. File photo
was 18 years old at the time and two weeks short of his
high school graduation. Since then two other teenagers
have been stabbed to death in similar circumstances. Scott
Ledoux was killed while trying to break up a fight at
a house party in Orléans in 2011, and St. Patrick
High School student Brandon Volpi was stabbed to death
on his prom night in 2014.
the aftermath of Dapo's tragic death, the Agoro family
organized the first annual Dapo Fun Day to celebrate his
life and the principles by which he lived.
as a peacemaker by his peers at Lester B. Pearson High
School, Dapo was a devotee of Martin Luther King Jr. and
the principles of non-violent conflict resolution.
is in that vein that the Agoro family launched the Dapo
Agoro Foundation For Peace in 2003 to help promote non-violent
conflict resolution in area high schools, and to bring
awareness to the increasing prevalence of knives among
organization also awards an annual scholarship to a student
at Lester B. Pearson who best exemplifies the principles
of non-violent conflict resolution.
the years, the Dapo Fun Day has been used as a means to
both promote the Dapo Agoro Foundation For Peace and raise
funds for the scholarship.
year's Fun Day will take place on Aug. 28 in Blackburn
Park on Glen Park Drive beside the Blackburn Arena. There
will be plenty of music, food and activities for the kids
including a dunk tank, facepainting and cotton candy.
opening ceremony will take place at noon inside the Blackburn
Community Hall and the festivities will follow.
more information on the Dapo Agoro Foundation For Peace
story was made possible thanks to the generous support
of our local business partners.)
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