MADD Canada helps victims/survivors pay tribute to their loved ones or recognize injuries they themselves have suffered through a variety of memorial and tribute efforts.
These memorials and tributes give a voice to those who have been affected by impaired driving, acknowledge the losses they have suffered and help bring the personal and human realities of impaired driving to a society numbed by statistics and headlines.
Our Loved Ones
Years ago in the early 1990’s, a gentleman by the name of Roy Knight visited MADD Canada’s offices and he was deeply moved by the faces of loved ones on the walls. He wrote a poem, which we think sums up our collective thoughts on the significance of the photos and the desire to see an end to the tragedies of impaired driving.
I stopped at MADD’s office a short time past,
Came away with memories, forever to last,
I opened the door and walked down the hall,
I saw all the pictures hanging on one wall,
Pictures of men and women, short and tall,
But also of boys and girls, so very small.
They were smiling and seemed so full of life,
The son, daughter, husband and wife.
But to those who work here each day,
The faces, on the pictures seem to cry out to say
It’s so unfair, just not right that my picture hangs here
For I should be home with those I love so dear.
My life was shortened, I so wanted to live, I had so much joy, happiness and love to give.
I had so much joy, happiness and love to give.
But someone who didn’t stop to think,
Had a little too much to drink,
Behind the wheel of a car a killer to be,
Oh Why! Oh Why! Did it have to be me?
Now my picture hangs here for all that may call,
For at MADD’s office, this place is called the “Memorial Wall”
Look at my face, listen to my cry,
Stop the carnage, let no one die.
The people of MADD file past each morning and night,
One glance at the wall assures their mission is right.
Put an end to such senseless death they say to all,
Don’t let your loved ones’ faces hang on the “Memorial Wall”.— Roy Knight
MADD Canada’s On-Line Victims’/Survivors’ Tributes has been created out of a profound commitment to and respect for those whose lives have been changed forever as a result of impaired driving. Through these personalized tributes, it is our hope to give the victims/survivors of this violent crime both a voice and a face.
The tributes contained here have been added at the request of victims/survivors themselves or their families. If you would like to receive more information about creating a tribute for a loved one, or would like to have your own story added as a survivor of an impaired driving crash, please refer to our national website.
Family and friends can set up a Memorial Tribute Fund in memory of their loved one which celebrates and commemorates their life. The Memorial Tribute Fund in memory of a loved one is a lasting way to commemorate the life of someone special while raising money to help fight impaired driving and support victims/survivors of this violent crime. For more information, contact us at 1-800-665-6233.
The Memorial Wall at MADD Canada’s National Office is a lasting and moving tribute to those who have been killed or injured in an impaired driving crash. Photographs of victims/survivors line the walls and common meeting rooms under a banner stating “We Remember.” This beautiful tribute honours all victims/survivors of impaired driving and serves as a powerful symbol of our commitment to stop impaired driving and to support victims/survivors of this violent crime.
If you would like to have a photograph added to the Memorial Wall, please refer to our national website.
Victims/survivors of impaired driving may apply to have a Roadside Memorial erected in memory of their loved one. The Memorial Marker that is placed at roadside marks the site where an individual has been innocently killed because of drug or alcohol impairment on our highways. The placing of a Memorial Marker serves as a constant reminder of the life-altering/life ending effects of this 100% preventable crime.
Currently, this program is only available in some areas of Canada. For more information, please refer to our national website.