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Pembroke Road Sign

Photo, left to right: OPP Auxiliary Officer and MADD Ottawa volunteer Emma LeClair; OPP Staff Sergeant MaryAnn MacNeil; MADD Ottawa President Geoff Leckey; (unidentified Pembroke official); MADD Ottawa volunteer Andrea Gosselin; Deputy Mayor and Chair of the Pembroke Police Services Board Ron Gervais; MADD Ottawa Vice President Valerie Keyes.

 

On July 15 a partnership between the Ottawa Chapter of MADD Canada and the City of Pembroke culminated in a ceremony to mark the installation of signs urging people to call 911 to report impaired drivers. MADD Ottawa volunteer and OPP auxiliary officer, Emma LeClair, had the idea to bring the “Report impaired drivers” signs to Renfrew – a community in the Ottawa Valley – and the Ottawa Board quickly realised that rural towns need MADD messaging and support just as much as the city does, if not more.

And so, with Emma as the driving force, they have been on a mission to reach out to municipalities from Russell and Embrun in the east to Pembroke in the north to pepper rural roads with reminders of the dangers of impaired driving and what the public can do about them. Ron Gervais, the Deputy Mayor and Chair of the Pembroke Police Services Board, says the new signs installed around Pembroke will encourage people to report impaired drivers. Gervais also noted that the partnership with MADD dated back to when the City installed signs at the Marina warning about impaired boating.

Also attending and speaking at the unveiling was Andrea Gosselin, who lives in the Pembroke area. Andrea has single-handedly collected thousands of cans and bottles along the side of the roadways around Pembroke, where she says she has found not only beer bottles and cans, but also 40-ouncers of liquor that have been tossed out by drivers and passengers. Andrea has donated the proceeds raised from bottles and cans she found to MADD Canada. Geoff Leckey, the President of MADD Ottawa, and Deputy Mayor Gervais both spoke at the unveiling, as did Gosselin. They were joined by LeClair; OPP Staff Sergeant MaryAnn MacNeil; and Ottawa Chapter Vice President Valerie Keyes.

Photo, left to right: OPP Auxiliary Officer and MADD Ottawa volunteer Emma LeClair; OPP Staff Sergeant MaryAnn MacNeil; MADD Ottawa President Geoff Leckey; (unidentified Pembroke official); MADD Ottawa volunteer Andrea Gosselin; Deputy Mayor and Chair of the Pembroke Police Services Board Ron Gervais; MADD Ottawa Vice President Valerie Keyes.

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