MADD Canada

August 28, 2017 10:30 ET

First Roadside Memorial Sign on Saskatchewan Highway Honours Van de Vorst Family Killed by Impaired Driver

SASKATOON, SK--(Marketwired - August 28, 2017) - Saskatchewan's first roadside memorial sign for victims of impaired driving, to be unveiled on August 29, will honour the memory of the Van de Vorst family.

In January 2016, Jordan and Chanda Van de Vorst, and their two children, Kamryn, 5, and Miguire, 2, were killed by an impaired driver. Roadside memorial signs showing the family's names and MADD Canada's red ribbon are being installed near Highway 11 and Wanuskewin Rd. in Saskatoon as a symbol of remembrance and a reminder to the public about the dangers of impaired driving.

The families of Jordan and Chanda will join MADD Canada, Deputy Premier Don Morgan, Minister of Highways and Infrastructure David Marit, Gordon Wyant - MLA for Saskatoon Northwest, police and fire representatives and other special guests for the unveiling of the roadside memorial sign on Tuesday afternoon.

Media are invited to attend the sign unveiling and hear from special guests.

Date:Tuesday, August 29
Time:2 p.m.
Location:Township Rd. 380 and Wanuskewin Rd., Saskatoon (Please note that attendees are asked to use Township Road 380 to get to and depart from the event location.)
Special Guests:Linda and Lou Van de Vorst
 Marie Mierau
 The Honourable Don Morgan, Deputy Premier of Saskatchewan
 The Honourable David Marit, Minister of Highways and Infrastructure, Saskatchewan
 Gordon Wyant, MLA for Saskatoon Northwest
 Chief Clive Weighill, Saskatoon Police Services
 Superintendent Mike Gibbs, RCMP
 Assistant Chief Wayne Rodger, Saskatoon Fire Department
 Patricia Hynes-Coates, MADD Canada National President

Note: The location noted above is for the sign unveiling ceremony only. The signs will ultimately be installed on the eastbound and westbound sides of Highway 11 near Wanuskewin Rd.

Roadside memorial signs are a powerful and lasting way to honour victims and to remind motorists about the tragic consequences of impaired driving. MADD Canada thanks the Van de Vorst and Mierau families for their courage, and the Government of Saskatchewan for its leadership in establishing a roadside memorial for victims of impaired driving.

Contact Information

  • For more information, contact:
    Michelle Okere
    MADD Canada Chapter Services Manager -- Saskatchewan
    1-855-525-6233 / 306-522-6233