MADD Canada

MADD Canada

April 29, 2011 12:06 ET

Personal and Emotional Stories Highlight Madd Canada's Annual Conference for Victims of Impaired Driving

OAKVILLE, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 29, 2011) - Personal stories of loss, grief, support and healing will be the focus as 200 victims of impaired driving come together this weekend for MADD Canada's annual National Victims' Weekend and Candlelight Vigil of Hope and Remembrance.

The theme for this year's conference, "It's all About the Stories", is particularly fitting. Throughout the weekend, victims of impaired driving share information about their own experiences, their healing processes and the supports and resources which helped them most. For everyone in attendance, knowing they are not alone and that help is available provides a tremendous sense of comfort, fellowship and empowerment.

"Sharing our own stories and learning from the experiences of others can be extremely helpful to those coping with loss or injury," said Denise Dubyk, MADD Canada's National President. "The Victims' Weekend provides a place where victims find comfort, solace and knowledge."

Caring professionals and empathic peers lead delegates through keynote presentations and concurrent sessions on a wide range of topics specially chosen for those who have suffered a loss or an injury as a result of impaired driving. Sessions include: living with injuries; parenting after the loss of a child; understanding the criminal justice system; and impaired driving civil cases.

MADD Canada's Victims' Weekend runs from April 29 to May 1 at the BMO Financial Group Institute for Learning in Toronto, Ontario.

The weekend is headlined by the Candlelight Vigil of Hope and Remembrance, to be held Saturday, April 30th from 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. With photos and the lighting of a single candle for each victim, the ceremony offers delegates a way to pay tribute to a loved one who has been killed or acknowledge injuries caused by impaired driving. Music at this year's Vigil will be provided by acclaimed soloist Robert Pilon, accompanied by the Young Singers Choir.

In conjunction with the Victims' Weekend, MADD Canada recently released a new national radio public service announcement called "You Don't Know". Often, victims of impaired driving feel very alone and do not realize supports and services are available to them. The 30-second piece tells listeners that MADD Canada is available to help.

Every day, on average, 4 Canadians are killed and 190 are injured in impaired driving crashes. Supporting victims is MADD Canada's top priority. With volunteer-driven groups in more than 100 communities across the country, MADD Canada offers support services including: grief and bereavement support; support through the criminal justice system, assistance with victim impact statements; help with understanding victims' rights; a lending library; brochures, community referrals; and trained victim service volunteers.

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.

Note to Media in the Greater Toronto Area:

Media are welcome to attend the Candlelight Vigil of Hope and Remembrance on April 30, 2011 from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at the BMO Financial Group Institute for Learning, 3550 Pharmacy Ave., Scarborough. For details, please contact Deb Kelly, MADD Canada Communications Manager at 416-995-8237.

Contact Information

  • MADD Canada
    Denise Dubyk
    National President

    MADD Canada
    Wanda Kristensen
    Director of Programs

    MADD Canada
    Deb Kelly
    Communications Manager