MADD Canada

MADD Canada

October 04, 2005 14:10 ET

MADD Canada's rededication of the Memorial Wall

MADD Canada's ceremonies underscore the need to continue delivering the message -- Rededication of the Memorial Wall pays tribute to victims of impaired driving Attention: News Editor OAKVILLE, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Oct. 4, 2005) - To rededicate its memorial wall, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Canada unveiled a poem that was written by a visitor to its offices who was moved by the countless photographs of dead and injured. The verse is conveyed through the eyes of the hundreds of victims in the photos:

They were smiling and seemed so full of life,
The son, daughter, husband and wife.
But to those who work here each day,
The faces, on the pictures seem to cry out to say
It's so unfair, just not right that my picture hangs here
For I should be home with those I love so dear.
My life was shortened, I so wanted to live,
I had so much joy, happiness and love to give…

The organization's National President Karen Dunham was joined by five past National Presidents and MADD Canada's Founder John Bates at the rededication ceremony of the Memorial Wall, a moving tribute to those loved ones killed or injured in an impaired driving crash.

At the ceremony, Mrs. Dunham echoed the words 'We remember them' that are scripted across the office walls. "MADD Canada speaks for those who can no longer speak. We need to convey the horror and anguish of this violent crime so that we eventually eliminate drinking and driving and ensure other innocent Canadians will not suffer. By carrying forward victims' message of hope for safer roads, we remember our loved ones."

The display of framed photographs adorning the National Office walls pays a silent tribute to all the innocent victims who have been killed or seriously injured by impaired driving. "Families from across Canada have shared these precious photos with us to help all who view this wall gain a better understanding of the serious consequences that can result from an impaired driving crash. As well, this sharing often gives strength to others who are trying to cope with the devastating effects on their own family," says Mrs. Dunham.

"As you see from the Memorial Wall, impaired driving affects young and old. And sadly, the numbers of photos on this wall continues to grow." Mrs. Dunham adds, "For us at MADD Canada, this reinforces that we must continue in our mission, continue with our messaging, continue with the promises made to our loved ones."

MADD Canada noted its tremendous appreciation to Home Depot for volunteering skilled tradesmen and donating materials to re-erect the Memorial Wall.

The rededication ceremony and unveiling marked the official opening of the new MADD Canada National Office on the borders of the Mississauga and Oakville communities. The National Office staff supports the programs and activities of over 7,500 volunteers in over 85 communities across Canada. MADD Canada is supported by over 700,000 individual Canadians who annually donate to their mission to stop impaired driving and support the victims of this violent crime.

Earlier in the morning, MADD Canada's National President was part of a presentation that unveiled new road signs reminding motorists 'Don't drink and drive.' Located at the Churchill exit of the QEW, the signs feature MADD Canada's logo, signifying the partnership between the Government and MADD Canada in delivering the message of sober driving to Ontarians.

For more information:
Karen Dunham, National President (506) 650-7473
Andrew Murie, Chief Executive Officer 1-800-665-6233, ext. 224

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Contact Information

  • Andrew Murie, Chief Executive Officer
    Primary Phone: 800-665-6233 ext. 224
    E-mail: amurie@madd.ca