MADD Canada

MADD Canada

September 25, 2009 09:31 ET

Justice Minister Rob Nicholson to attend MADD Canada conference

The Honourable Rob Nicholson will address conference delegates and receive MADD Canada’s prestigious Citizen of Distinction Award on September 26, 2009.

Attention: Assignment Editor, City Editor, News Editor, Photo Editor OAKVILLE/ONTARIO/MEDIA RELEASE--(Marketwire - Sept. 25, 2009) - MADD Canada is proud to welcome Federal Justice Minister and Attorney General of Canada, The Honourable Rob Nicholson, to its annual National Chapter Leadership Conference taking place this weekend in Toronto, Ontario.

Minister Nicholson will address delegates at 8:45 a.m. on Saturday, September 26 to talk about impaired driving legislation, sentencing, criminal justice policy and victims' issues. Following his keynote address, Minister Nicholson will be presented with MADD Canada's Citizen of Distinction Award.

"MADD Canada's Citizen of Distinction Award recognizes individuals, groups or organizations that make major contributions to the fight against impaired driving," said Margaret Miller, MADD Canada's National President. "On behalf of MADD Canada and victims of impaired driving, we are very pleased to honour Minister Nicholson for everything he and his Ministry have done to advance anti-impaired driving measures in this country."

"MADD Canada's efforts have greatly contributed to the reduction in the carnage caused by impaired driving over the past 25 years," said the Hon. Rob Nicholson, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada. "MADD Canada was a key partner in ensuring the success of our Government's bill, the Tackling Violent Crime Act. Thanks to its involvement, our police forces now have more ways to detect and investigate drug-impaired driving and offenders face stronger penalties for impaired driving."

In addition to the Citizen of Distinction Award, MADD Canada will honour a number of well-deserving volunteers at its National Awards Ceremony beginning at 7:15 p.m. on Saturday, September 26. The awards recognize volunteers for their outstanding contributions to the anti-impaired driving movement.

"MADD Canada is proud to have such dedicated and passionate volunteers who lead local efforts to save lives and reduce injuries by reducing impaired driving," Mrs. Miller said. "This work simply could not be done without them. They are the heart and soul of MADD Canada, and it is our distinct privilege to honour several of them at this weekend's Awards Ceremony."

Titled Dawn of a New Era, MADD Canada's 2009 National Chapter Leadership Conference features forward-looking sessions which focus on potential technological solutions to impaired driving, new awareness and education tools for volunteers to use in their communities and updates on public policy initiatives.

Media who wish to attend the Citizen of Distinction Award presentation to The Honourable Rob Nicholson, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada on Saturday morning, or the National Awards Ceremony on Saturday evening should contact Deb Kelly, MADD Canada Communications Manager at 416-995-8237. The Conference and Awards Ceremony are being held at the Bank of Montreal's Institute for Learning, 3550 Pharmacy Ave., Scarborough, Ontario.

About MADD Canada
MADD Canada (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) is a national, charitable organization that is committed to stopping impaired driving and supporting the victims of this violent crime. With volunteer-driven groups in more than 100 communities across Canada, MADD Canada aims to offer support services to victims, heighten awareness of the dangers of impaired driving and save lives and prevent injuries on our roads.
/For further information: For MADD Canada:
Margaret Miller, MADD Canada’s National President at 902-758-5328.
Wanda Kristensen, MADD Canada’s Director of Programs at 905-330-4632
Deb Kelly, MADD Canada’s Communications Manager at 416-995-8237

For the Ministry of Justice:
Pamela Stephens, Press Secretary - Office of the Minister of Justice at 613-992-4621

Contact Information

  • Margaret Miller, National President, MADD Canada
    Primary Phone: 902-758-5328