Apr 13, 2013 - It's now been 1 year, 4 months and 16 days

Thank you everyone. 

As many of you are aware my son Bradley along with his 2 dear friends Kole Novak and Thaddeus Lake, had their lives horrifically cut short by the decision of an alleged drunk driver, Jonathan Robert Pratt.  It’s been 1 year, 4 months and 16 days since I seen my young son Bradley. And I know no more today than I knew on that awful morning of November 26th, 2011.  The wheels of justice…well, there are none…

The deaths of these three amazing young men has not only changed my life forever but impacted so many more.  More than can be imagined…completely devastates families.

We are so pleased to be part of this Madd/Sadd fundraiser.  Not only do Madd and Sadd hold a special place in my heart, so does the Beaumont High School and the Beaumont Youth Centre. Chantal Berube…my heart aches for this tragic loss also.  This community, the schools and youth programs were a huge part in my son Bradley short life. I know this without a doubt.

Families for Justice (FFJ) is an organization of families…moms, dads, sisters, brothers, grandparents, friends...the real true victims of this senseless crime of choice. Completely avoidable.  As I speak to you today, there are 4 new moms, dads, sisters, brothers, husbands, wives who  are trying to process why their loved one did not make it home today… did not make it to school or work.  

4 innocent people in this country a day are gone forever to this senseless crime. It is murder and the weapon is a 2000 lb. vehicle.  The biggest cause of criminal death in Canada and yet nothing has changed in well over 30 years.  We must hold our government accountable for that, the very same government that is supposed to protect the public.

It is my hope that through the efforts of these 2 organizations...Madd and FFJ, awareness about the horrors of drinking and driving and the laws that govern this serious crime will continually be scrutinized so that tragedies of this nature will be prevented.  I do not want another Sheri Arsenault.  I will always remember Gillian’s words to me.  (Gillian is from the Edmonton Madd chapter.) She said to me…her dream is to be able to turn off the lights of her Madd office and never return. Not because she didn’t like her work, but because she wasn’t needed any more...no more victims.

FFJ goal is to have this crime taken seriously, dealt with swiftly, severely and with certainty. We know this will be a determent to those who continue to put our lives and our loved ones at risk.  The outcome is never good.  Let us continue to teach our children to make good decisions and be responsible. 

I wish to take this opportunity to thank Madd and Sadd for all they do.  I want to congratulate all the spin teams, all the participants and volunteers, and the Community of Beaumont. Amazing people and what a good job done by all. 

I want to thank all the people who helped me with the FFJ team. If you can imagine, the FFJ team consisted of people as young as 13 all the way to our oldest spinner, 79. We represented from the 1930’s and every decade right up to the new millennium!  That in itself is what Families for Justice stands for, for everyone! No matter who you are, we all deserve the right to get home safely. 

I want to thank Jet-lube of Canada for sponsoring us.  To know that we have such a wonderful company behind us means the world to me. My heartfelt gratitude for all Jet-lube has done.

A special mention also, to the people that designed and post on our website. Bradkolethad.com. This was a vision that has truly come to life because of such hard work, commitment and many, many hours of dedication. It is getting our story out. Education and awareness and our fight for justice.

The people, family and friends that continue to walk this road with me, listen to me, support me.  Words can never really express my gratitude; the support is what keeps me going…that is the one thing I am so certain of, that, and that we WILL make change, our arms are so much stronger together.

I miss my son Bradley terribly. There is a void in my heart and soul that can never be filled.  But let us look forward to future change so there will be no more victims of this crime.

Bradley if you wouldn’t mind, could you give Kole and Thad a hug for all of us.

From the bottom of my heart, I thank you all.

(Speech given at the  MADD/SADD Spinathon - Beaumont High School)

 

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