Honouring the victims
Mothers Against Drunk Drivers working on monument for P.E.I.
A monument that honours Islanders killed by an impaired driver is in the works.
Mothers Against Drunk Driving’s (MADD) Atlantic Canadian chapter is working with the four chapters in P.E.I. to have it in place by next May.
They’re not saying where it will be located, but Susan MacAskill, regional manager of MADD in Atlantic Canada, said they are working closely with RusticoEmerald MLA Brad Trivers.
“Our volunteers in Prince Edward Island are working with MLA Brad Trivers to secure a location, so that may narrow it down for you,’’ MacAskill said.
She did rule out that the memorial would be erected at the P.E.I. International Children’s Memorial Place at Scales Pond.
“We aren’t going to be in the international children’s memorial garden, but we are well aware that it’s in close proximity.’’
It will be similar to monuments that exist in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador, put up with the help of funeral home sponsors.
“We’re going through Heritage Memorials, and they’re giving us a very reasonable cost and we have applied for funding. We will know by mid-August if that funding has been approved, and then we’ll make the announcement.’’
The process of creating a monument for P.E.I. began about a year ago. It’s at the funding stage now. A P.E.I. funeral home will sponsor the monument and do the engraving of names.
The P.E.I. monument will have at least 20 victims’ names on it in the first year.
For those who want a loved one’s name on the monument going forward, a media campaign will begin in January and run until the end of March.
Because the names are being engraved in a public place, official documentation is required to prove alcohol and/or drugs were involved in the victim’s death. That proof could be supplied by a police report or a newspaper clipping.
“In a couple of situations we’ve had a letter from a coroner. We ask the families to help us. The names are all approved by our victim services department.’’
The families who have already been approved to have their loved ones name on the monument will be invited to a candlelight ceremony and procession in May, a ceremony that happens at the same time across Canada with all MADD chapters.
“It’s when the family sees the names (on the monument) for the first time.’’
This picture was submitted to The Guardian by Mothers Against Drunk Driving’s Atlantic Canada office. It shows the monument in New Brunswick that honours those killed by an impaired driver. The same kind of monument will be erected in P.E.I. by next May.