Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD Canada) is a charitable, grassroots organization that is committed to stopping impaired driving and supporting the victims of this violent crime.
Each and every year, thousands of Canadians are killed or injured in impaired driving crashes. Driving under the influence of alcohol or other drugs is a terrible crime that touches all our lives. It is an irresponsible, dangerous and intolerable act. MADD Canada strives to offers support services to victims/survivors, heighten awareness about the dangers of alcohol and/or drug-impaired driving, and to save lives and prevent injuries on our roads.
MADD Upper Fraser Valley
(Since November 1999)
Scott Lowther, was our first Chapter President. He worked diligently with MADD Canada to start our Chapter in 1999. Joan Allen was the next president and she served for 4 years.
Burt Graham became the next Chapter President and soon partnered with First Nations and Chapter volunteers. The MADD Canada 2006-2007 Multi Media “Mind Control” had the first ever First Nations story.
Past volunteers, Patty and Lindsay, spearheaded our 1st ever “Strides for Change” in 2007. Also in 2007, we held our first “Choose Your Ride” at local high schools.
Dianne Garner, became Chapter President after Burt, and was also instrumental in getting interviews for the short documentary: “Honoring our Spirits”. Dianne received the “John Bates” Volunteer of the Year award for the BC/Yukon Region, as well as, the “John Bates” Volunteer of the Year National Award 2007 for her outstanding contribution to MADD Canada.
Our past Volunteer Nation President, Margaret Miller, attended our 2007 Red Ribbon Launch and our first ever “Mock Car Crash”. At that time she presented Constable Angelina Bowen (current President), of the RCMP, with the “Terry Ryan” award for Police Excellence for the BC/Yukon Region for 2006-2007.
Our current Chapter President Angelina Bowen stated, “I am inspired by the passion of our volunteer and board members.”
The Chapter Board & Volunteers are an amazing and diverse group. The knowledge, creativeness, and drive is what is making the MADD UFV Chapter stronger then ever!
In 1990, MADD Canada was formed to create a national network of victims and concerned citizens working to stop impaired driving and to support victims of this violent crime.
The group PRIDE (People to Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere) formed in Ontario in the early 1980’s, became the catalyst in initiating discussions with MADD US to become the National organization in Canada. John Bates (who was with the PRIDE organization from its start), and other members of PRIDE, successfully negotiated with MADD US to become MADD Canada.
In 1998, John Bates was awarded the Order of Canada for his long service to the anti-drinking and driving movement in Canada. John Bates has been also given the title of Founder by the National Board of Directors. This entitles John Bates a permanent position on the National Board of Directors for his long service to the movement.
At the heart of MADD Canada are our volunteers; they include not only mothers, but fathers, friends, business professionals, experts in the anti-impaired driving field and concerned citizens who want to make a difference in the fight against impaired driving.
If you need help, or would like to join MADD Canada’s efforts, call our toll free line at 1-800-665-6233.
Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD Canada) is a Registered Canadian Charitable Organization (Reg. No. 13907 2060 RR0001) which is volunteer-driven. The organization has a National Board of Directors representing membership from all regions of Canada. MADD Canada’s National Office is located in Oakville, Ontario. The National Office can be reached at: 1-800-665-6233 (toll free).