Mothers Against Drunk Drivers honoured victims of impaired driving Saturday at a new memorial monument unveiled in Brampton.
MADD Canada’s National President Jaymie-Lyne Hancock took part in the memorial monument ceremonies to honour 137 impaired driving victims.
Unveiling the new Ontario Memorial Monument was personal for her because it includes her brother D.J.’s name.
D.J. Hancock was driving home from a hockey tryout in August 2014 when he was hit by a drunk driver.
His parents were at the tryout, and were driving just a few minutes behind D.J.
He was only 18 years old at the time of his death.
“It means so much to my family that we can memorialize D.J. in this way,” Hancock said.
“One of the most important things for victims’ families is keeping their loved ones’ memories alive and making sure their deaths were not in vain. We want to honour their lives and share their stories so that we can help prevent this senseless tragedy from happening to others.”
MADD Canada’s new monument is located at Chinguacousy Park.
It is engraved with the names of victims killed in impairment-related crashes.
“The Ontario Memorial Monument is an artistic representation of the guardrails on the side of a road. It is a continuous rail held by wooden slabs, upon which the names of Ontario victims are engraved. The guardrail is a symbol of how we protect and cherish the memories of the victims and support their families,” MADD said in a release.
More than 250 family members and friends gathered at the unveiling.
Since 2009, MADD Canada has established memorial monuments in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, Quebec and, now, Ontario.