MADD Canada

MADD Canada

October 06, 2011 14:00 ET

MADD Canada Gives Thanks to Leaders in the Fight Against Impaired Driving this Thanksgiving Season

OAKVILLE, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 6, 2011) - As families and friends come together this Thanksgiving to appreciate their blessings, MADD Canada is taking the opportunity to express thanks for some of the wonderful people who dedicate themselves to stopping impaired driving and supporting its victims.

MADD Canada honoured outstanding traffic safety and volunteer leaders with its National Awards at its recent National Leadership Conference:

  • Chaouki Hamka, MADD Windsor and Essex County Community Leader, was honoured with the John G. Bates Volunteer of the Year Award for his outstanding efforts to stop impaired driving and to support victims. Among his many accomplishments over the past year was his work to have 42 Campaign 911 signs in the Windsor area.

  • Barb Holwell of MADD Trinity Bay Chapter in Newfoundland and Labrador was honoured as Court Monitor of the Year for her dedication and commitment to monitoring impaired driving charges in the area and enhancing MADD Canada's presence within the court system.

  • MADD London was selected as Fundraiser of the Year for its outstanding 7th annual Strides for Change walk. The event included 120 walkers and raised an incredible $22,000.

  • Cst. Dave Ashfield of the Durham Regional Police was honoured with the Terry Ryan Memorial Award for Excellence in Police Services for his work with the 2010 Festive RIDE (Ontario's holiday sobriety checkpoint program) and gathering information from charged and suspended drivers on where they had been drinking so that police could reach out to those establishments to discuss ways to ensure patrons are not being over-served and driving impaired.

  • Karen Dunham of MADD Saint John Chapter was named Victim Services Volunteer of the Year for her work to support victims of impaired driving. In Ms. Dunham, victims find a caring, compassionate individual who is always available to talk, listen and share her knowledge.

MADD Canada also awarded its Citizen of Distinction award to three deserving recipients for their contributions to the anti-impaired driving movement in Canada:

  • Felix Comeau, Chairman and CEO of Alcohol Countermeasure Systems (ACS) was honoured for his pioneering work in the development of new technologies for breath alcohol testing and alcohol interlocks which keep our roads safe from alcohol-related crashes.

  • Ward Keith, Registrar of Motor Vehicles for Manitoba Public Insurance (MPI) and Executive Director, Driver Safety and Regulatory Control was honoured for his contributions to reducing impaired driving, including his role in development of a Graduated Licence Program in Manitoba and his efforts to start a Report Impaired Driving (RID) – Call 911 Program in Manitoba.

  • Steve Martin, Superintendent of Motor Vehicles for the Province of British Columbia was honoured for his work in the road safety field over many years, including his involvement in helping bring the RID – Call 911 program to Nanaimo, and his leadership with B.C.'s updated administrative sanctions for impaired driving which have significantly reduced the province's alcohol-related crash fatalities.

For more information on MADD Canada's National Volunteer Awards, please visit

"These individuals, and thousands of other volunteers across the country, dedicate their time and expertise to help make our communities safer," said Denise Dubyk, MADD Canada National President. "We are truly thankful for, and inspired by, the contributions they have made to addressing the problem of impaired driving and supporting those affected by this violent and senseless crime."

On average, about 4 Canadians are killed every day, and another 190 are inured, in impairment-related crashes.

Ms. Dubyk urged all Canadians to help make this Thanksgiving weekend free from impaired driving crashes by planning ahead for a safe ride home.

"Arrange for a cab or designated driver, take public transit or arrange to stay the night," Ms. Dubyk said. "And if you see a driver you suspect is impaired, please alert police by calling 911."

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.

Contact Information

  • MADD Canada
    Denise Dubyk
    National President