MADD Canada

MADD Canada

November 17, 2009 09:01 ET

MADD Canada marks National Day of Remembrance for Victims

Attention: Assignment Editor, News Editor, Photo Editor OAKVILLE/ONTARIO/MEDIA RELEASE--(Marketwire - Nov. 17, 2009) - On November 18, 2009, MADD Canada joins victim support organizations and the Canadian Global Road Safety Committee to observe a National Day of Remembrance for Road Crash Victims in Canada.

The National Day of Remembrance is an opportunity to remember those killed or seriously injured on Canadian roads, and those left to deal with the sudden and unexpected loss of people they love. It will be marked with a national event at Algonquin College in Ottawa, and by local and regional events held by community organizations and victims' groups. The event website, www.rememberroadcrashvictims.ca, offers a list of events and an online tribute page where people can honour their loved ones.

MADD Canada National President Margaret Miller will be in Ottawa to take part in the event. "Nearly 3,000 Canadians die and another 200,000 are injured every year in road crashes," Mrs. Miller said. "We know a significant portion of those staggering numbers are the result of impaired driving, and we know the incredible toll that crashes take on victims, their families and friends."

MADD Canada is dedicated to supporting the victims of impaired driving. The organization offers a number of resources for victims, including: emotional support through a toll-free 1-800 phone line and through local Chapters; referrals to community agencies; injury resources; court accompaniment; online tributes; an annual Candlelight Vigil of Hope and Remembrance / Victims' Weekend; and grief support brochures, such as Trauma, Loss and Bereavement, Coping with Life after Injury and Holidays and Hope.

This time of year is especially hard for those who have lost loved ones in road crashes or who themselves have suffered life-changing injuries. "Our family comes together to celebrate Christmas and enjoy one another, but there is always someone missing," Mrs. Miller said of her son Bruce, a Nova Scotia police officer who was killed by an impaired driver in 2004.

"For Bruce, for all victims of road crashes and for all the family and friends who are left behind, we mark this National Day of Remembrance for Road Crash Victims," Mrs. Miller said. "We remember them, we honour them and we raise our voices, united, to call on everyone to help improve road safety and prevent these tragic deaths and injuries."

To download a copy of MADD Canada's Holidays and Hope brochure, or other resources for victims, visit the MADD Canada web site at www.madd.ca.

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: Visit www.madd.ca or contact Margaret Miller, MADD Canada National President at 902-758-5328. / IN: JUSTICE, SOCIAL

Contact Information

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