MADD Canada

MADD Canada

April 23, 2007 09:26 ET

MADD Canada offers helping hand to thousands of Canadians

Organization reaches out to impaired driving victims during National Victims of Crime Awareness Week

Attention: Assignment Editor, News Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor OAKVILLE, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - April 23, 2007) - Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Canada assist thousands of Canadians each year with their victims' support programs and services. During the country's National Victims Week, the preeminent impaired driving organization is reaching out further to promote their support initiatives across Canada.

MADD Canada's annual Victims Weekend conference will be held this week in Vancouver and this includes a national Candlelight Vigil ceremony for the families and friends who have had a loved one killed or seriously injured in an impaired driving crash.

The organization is also conducting an outreach initiative this week to remind its community partners of the comprehensive victim services that MADD Canada provides for victims of impaired driving. National Director of Programs Wanda Kristensen explains: "We want to ensure families who have been impacted by impaired driving know there are services available. We don't want victims to despair that there is no hand to hold, whether it be in the immediate aftermath of a crash, with medical or judicial issues, or with support through the grieving process."

"Help is a phone call away, or a click away," says Mrs. Kristensen referring to MADD Canada's national toll free line - 1-800-665-6233 - and its website -

This week the organization is embarking on a two-year outreach program to community partners with the help of the Department of Justice Canada. With federal financial contribution, MADD Canada has produced and is distributing magnets featuring the MADD Canada logo and contact information and the message "Victims are our #1 Priority".

Mrs. Kristensen says, "We are in contact with provincial departments of health and the provincial police headquarters asking them to distribute our magnets to police offices, hospitals and medical buildings, as well to their partnering agencies. In this way, we hope to inform all those who would first come into contact with a victim of an impaired driving crash. MADD Canada wants those front line providers to know that we are here to help Canadians who have been impacted in some way by impaired driving."

MADD Canada victim support services include an extensive referral service for emotional, medical or legal support, emotional support services, opportunities for paying tribute to those killed or injured, advice helping victims know their judicial rights, and a court accompaniment and support program for victims during the criminal trial process.

The organization's resources for victims include a "We Care!" package for dealing with the immediate consequences after an impaired driving crash, a series of informative brochures, an exhaustive lending library of printed materials, and an extensive resource guide that can be accessed on-line.

There are over 90 local MADD Canada Chapters across the country, many of which have trained victim support volunteers to meet and help Canadians in their own communities.

For more information about MADD Canada, visit, or go directly to the pages that detail available victim support programs and services: .

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Contact Information

  • Wanda Kristensen, Director of Programs
    Primary Phone: 800-665-6233 ext. 229
    Secondary Phone: 905-330-4632