OAKVILLE, ON--(Marketwired - July 08, 2016) - MADD Canada is pleased to announce Patricia Hynes-Coates, of Conception Bay South, Newfoundland, as its incoming National President.
As National President, Ms. Hynes-Coates will play a lead role in advancing MADD Canada's public policy initiatives to improve impaired driving laws, assist in awareness and fundraising efforts and, most importantly, provide a strong voice for victims of impaired driving at the local, provincial and national levels.
"Patricia brings strength, enthusiasm and a deep personal commitment to this role," said MADD Canada Chief Executive Officer Andrew Murie. "She will be a powerful and effective ambassador for our organization as we continue our work to end impaired driving and support victims of this violent crime."
Ms. Hynes-Coates became involved with MADD Canada in 2013 following the tragic death of her step son, Nicholas Coates. Nick was riding his motorcycle to work on August 16, 2013, when he was struck by an impaired driver in a pick-up truck. The driver had been drinking the evening before and the morning of the crash. Nick was 27 years old and had just landed his dream job as a Civil Engineer in the St. John's area.
In describing their deep loss, Ms. Hynes-Coates said, "There is no way to describe the pain Nick's whole family is going through, or how deeply it is felt every waking hour. It feels like a lifetime since I've heard his laughter or seen his smile. But at the same time, it feels like no time has passed at all."
Together with her husband and Nick's dad, Terry Coates, Ms. Hynes-Coates made a commitment to help end impaired driving. They became involved with MADD Avalon Chapter, leading fundraising and awareness efforts for the Nick Coates Car Show, Strides for Change and Project Red Ribbon.
Ms. Hynes-Coates is also part of the newly-formed Newfoundland and Labrador Public Policy Committee, comprised of members of the provincial MADD Canada Chapters and Community Leader groups. The committee is meeting with elected officials, law enforcement agencies and other organizations to promote provincial public policies and laws to reduce impaired driving in the province.
"Terry and I made a promise to Nicholas the day we placed him in his final resting place," Ms. Hynes- Coates said. "We vowed we would not let his death be in vain. We promised him that we would help bring about changes so that no other family has to suffer as a result of this senseless crime."
Ms. Hynes-Coates officially begins her three-year term as National President on September 25, 2016, at MADD Canada's National Leadership Conference.
"It is an honour and a privilege to be the new National President of MADD Canada," Ms. Hynes-Coates said. "Together with the countless families and friends of all victims of impaired driving, I am committed to doing everything I can to prevent this terrible tragedy from happening to others. My hope for the future is that people will realize that impaired driving is not an accident; it is a choice and it is simply not acceptable."
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. To learn more, visit www.madd.ca.