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MADD Canada

June 15, 2013 08:00 ET

Candlelight Vigil Honours Province's Victims of Impaired Driving

GRAND FALLS-WINDSOR, NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR--(Marketwired - June 15, 2013) - The Province's victims of impaired driving are being honoured today at a Candlelight Service of Hope and Remembrance hosted by MADD Canada's Newfoundland and Labrador Chapters and Community Leaders.

Family and friends of those who have been killed in impaired driving crashes, and people who have themselves been injured, will take part in the candlelight service at the College of the North Atlantic in Grand Falls-Windsor. Following that, guests will congregate at nearby Centennial Park for a commemorative ceremony at the Provincial Monument, which has been engraved with the names of new victims.

Attending today's service to show their support to victims, family and friends are: the Honourable Frank F. Fagan, Lieutenant Governor of Newfoundland and Labrador; the Honourable Susan Sullivan, Minister of Health and Community Services and Member of the House of Assembly (MHA) for Grand Falls-Windsor-Buchans; Kevin Pollard, MHA for Baie Verte-Springdale; Wade Verge, MHA for Lewisporte; and representatives from the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary, Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the Grand Falls Windsor Fire Service.

"The Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Monument for Victims of Impaired Driving stands as a powerful, lasting tribute to the people who have been hurt or killed in impaired driving crashes," said MADD Canada's National President Denise Dubyk. "For the families and friends who have been left behind, and for those still struggling to cope with the effects of their injuries, we hope this monument offers some peace and healing."

In 2010 (the latest year for which statistics are available), it is estimated that 14 people were killed and 837 injured in Newfoundland and Labrador in impairment-related crashes.

The Provincial Monument for victims of impaired driving was initiated by the members of the MADD Exploits Valley Chapter. With generous sponsorship from Central Funeral Homes and Nelson Monuments, and with the kind approval by the Town of Grand Falls-Windsor for use of the site, the Provincial Monument for victims of impaired driving was first unveiled in 2011. Thirteen names are being added to the monument this year.

Contact Information

  • MADD Canada
    Susan MacAskill
    Chapter Services Manager - Atlantic Region

    MADD Canada
    Denise Dubyk
    National President