SOURCE: MADD Canada

MADD Canada

April 23, 2015 10:30 ET

Fellowship and Support Greet Victims at MADD Canada's National Conference

OAKVILLE, ON--(Marketwired - April 23, 2015) - More than 200 people will come together April 24 - 26 to gain support, fellowship and encouragement at MADD Canada's National Conference for Victims for Impaired Driving. 

With a network of caring professionals and supportive peers, victims and survivors of impaired driving will gain information and insight to help them cope with their grief and recovery following tragic, life-altering experiences.

"For victims of impaired driving, this conference offers a warm, supportive environment where no one is judging them or their grieving processes" said MADD Canada National President Angeliki Souranis. "Here, they find kinship, understanding and a wealth of information and resources that they can use to forge their own individual healing journeys." 

Keynote addresses and workshops scheduled for this year's conference include: survivor loss and adversity; injured victims and their caregivers sharing their experiences and coping strategies; parenting after a loss; understanding the criminal justice system and civil law; and coping with anger.

The conference also has a specialized program of sessions and activities for young victims of impaired driving, aged 15 to 25.

On Saturday, April 25, from 7:30 to 9 p.m., delegates gather together for a moving candlelight ceremony to remember loved ones who have been killed and acknowledge injuries sustained in impaired driving crashes. Photos of victims/survivors are shown, a tribute is read and a candle is lit for each victim/survivor. 

To learn more about the conference, visit:
http://www.madd.ca/madd2/en/services/victim_services_national_victims_weekend.html 

With an average of 4 Canadians killed and 175 injured in impaired driving crashes every day, the need to offer support and services to victims/survivors is crucial. Supporting victims/survivors is MADD Canada's top priority. With volunteer-driven groups in more than 100 communities across the country, MADD Canada offers: grief and bereavement support; support through the criminal justice system; assistance with victim impact statements; help with understanding victims' rights; a lending library; brochures, community referrals; and trained victim service volunteers.

Note to Media in the Greater Toronto Area:
Media are welcome to attend the Candlelight Vigil of Hope and Remembrance on April 25, 2015 from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at the BMO Financial Group Institute for Learning, 3550 Pharmacy Ave., Scarborough. For details, please contact Deb Kelly, MADD Canada Communications Manager at 1-800-665-6233, ext. 240 or dkelly@madd.ca 

Contact Information

  • For further information, call:
    Angeliki Souranis
    MADD Canada
    National President
    514-515-6233
    asouranis@madd.ca

    Deb Kelly
    MADD Canada
    Communications Manager
    1-800-665-6233, ext. 240
    dkelly@madd.ca