By the time this issue reaches you, I will have completed my term as National President of MADD Canada. I proudly handed the reins to your new National President, Angeliki Souranis, at our National Leadership Conference in September. I have known Angeliki for several years now and she will be a passionate and effective voice on behalf of our members and volunteers. You can read more about Angeliki and why she became involved with MADD Canada on Page 4.

When I made my first phone call to MADD Canada 13 years ago, I never dreamed it would bring me here. At that time, I was grieving. I was in shock and confused. My son-in-law, Darryl, had been killed in an impaired driving crash.

Our world had changed forever. My daughter Tammy had lost her husband. My two young grandsons had lost their dad.

MADD Canada was there for us, providing valuable information and support that helped sustain us. I recognized the value of this support and this kinship immediately. Not long after, I joined with a small group of volunteers and we founded the Calgary Chapter in 2001. That experience has been one of the most important, rewarding and healing things for me.

From there, I served many roles within the Chapter, including President. I later joined the National Board of Directors as the Director for the Prairie Provinces, Northwest Territories and Nunavut Region. In 2010, I was proud to take on the role of National President.

The three years since have been filled with so many moving and valuable experiences. I have been fortunate to visit many communities and meet many of our Chapter and Community Leader volunteers. Those of you who carry MADD Canada's messages and programs in communities, big and small, across the country are an inspiration to me. Your passion, dedication and creativity are the driving forces behind this organization. I thank each and every one of you for your contributions.

I have also been touched by the stories of so many victims who have inspired me with their courage. Though devastated by grief and loss, they came forward to share their stories with me. I understand their loss and offer the same kind of support that was so vital and comforting to me all those years ago.

I participated in the 25th anniversary of Project Red Ribbon, helped launch new Campaign 911 programs in many communities, and I met with political leaders and decision makers to press for changes to impaired driving legislation. Along with other victims of impaired driving, I visited Members of Parliament to share our stories and promote laws which we know can reduce impaired driving in Canada.

While I am proud of all our organization has done over the past three years, I am saddened, too, that so many people still do not seem to get the message. Daily, we are reading headlines about impaired driving crashes. It continues to be a deadly and persistent problem in our

There is still much work to be done. And though the role is changing, my desire to reach our goals has only been strengthened by the experiences of the past three years.

Together, we will achieve our mission to stop impaired driving and to support victims of this violent crime.

Thank you all.

Denise Dubyk
National Past President

Source: MADD Canada


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