MADD Canada

MADD Canada

April 24, 2009 07:01 ET

'Unforgettable' weekend offers support to impaired driving victims

MADD Canada’s Victims’ Weekend and Candlelight Vigil give impaired driving victims a chance to share, reflect and pay tribute

Attention: City Editor, News Editor OAKVILLE, ONTARIO, MEDIA RELEASE--(Marketwire - April 24, 2009) - Joined by a tragic common bond, Canadians of all ages and from all walks of life will come together this weekend at MADD Canada's 16th Annual National Victims' Weekend to share their experiences and honour those who have been killed or injured as a result of impaired driving. The theme for this year's Weekend, being held today through Sunday, is Healing Body, Mind and Spirit.

"The Victims' Weekend is truly an unforgettable event," says MADD Canada's Volunteer National President Margaret Miller. "It is, for many of us, a healing experience. Through sessions and workshops, and simply by being in the company of others with similar experiences, victims gain comfort and strength to help us cope with the losses we have suffered as a result of impaired driving."

The highlight of the weekend is the Candlelight Vigil of Hope and Remembrance to be held on Saturday, April 25 from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. The moving ceremony offers guests a safe and supportive environment where they can pay tribute to the loved ones they've lost as a result of impaired driving or acknowledge injuries caused by impaired driving.

"People who have attended our Victims' Weekend and Candlelight Vigil talk of the support and comfort they gain by being with other people who truly understand their grief and loss," says Mrs. Miller. "It is so very important that all victims of impaired driving know they are not alone and that there is a network of caring professionals and peers who can help them learn to cope with their loss or their injury."

Supporting victims of impaired driving is MADD Canada's number one priority. Among the services offered: 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.

MADD Canada's National Victims' Weekend coincides with the start of the Department of Justice's National Victims of Crime Awareness Week, April 26 - May 2. MADD Canada will be in Ottawa for the launch of the week-long campaign with its updated Memorial Wall Banner which features the photos of Canadian impaired driving victims.

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. As the pre-eminent voice for impaired driving victims, MADD Canada includes not only mothers, but fathers, siblings, friends, business professionals, experts in the impaired driving field, concerned citizens and young people who want to make a difference in the fight against impaired driving. If you need help or would like to join our mission, call MADD Canada today at 1-800-665-6233.

NOTE TO MEDIA IN THE GREATER TORONTO AREA:
Media are welcome to attend the Candlelight Vigil of Hope and Remembrance on April 25, from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at the Bank of Montreal's Institute for Learning, 3550 Pharmacy Ave., Scarborough. For details, please contact Deb Kelly, MADD Canada Communications Manager at 905-829-8805, ext. 240.
/For further information: Visit www.madd.ca or call:
Margaret Miller, MADD Canada Volunteer National President @ 902-758-5328
Wanda Kristensen, MADD Canada Director of Programs @ 1-800-665-6233, ext. 229 or 905-330-4632
/ IN: JUSTICE, SOCIAL

Contact Information

  • Margaret Miller, Volunteer National President, MADD Canada
    Primary Phone: 902-758-5328