West St. Paul, Manitoba – Family and friends of victims of impaired driving will join MADD Canada for a special ceremony at the Manitoba Memorial Monument today to pay tribute to their lost loved ones.

The Manitoba Memorial Monument was created in 2016 at the Glen Eden Funeral Home and Cemetery in West St. Paul. It is inscribed with the names of 63 Manitobans who have been killed by impaired drivers. Seven new names are being added this year.

A ceremony of remembrance is being held this afternoon to honour and remember the innocent victims of impaired driving. Joining the family and friends of victims and MADD Canada representatives for the ceremony will be: Blair Yakimoski, MLA – Transcona; Ward Keith – Manitoba Public Insurance, Vice President, Business Development & Communication; Constable Stephane Fontaine – Coordinator, Winnipeg Police Service Impaired Driving Countermeasures; and Darcy Pahl – Acting Staff Sergeant, RCMP.

Located in a peaceful park-like setting, the monument and surrounding memorial benches give families and friends a place where they can remember and reflect on their loved ones.

“With this monument, we honour the innocent people who were taken from us by a senseless and completely preventable crime, and we raise awareness with the public about the true devastation caused by impaired driving,” said MADD Canada Victims Services Manager (Western Region) Gillian Phillips.

The Memorial Monument has been generously supported by the Glen Eden Funeral Home and Cemetery.

For more information: Gillian Phillips, MADD Canada Victim Services Manager, at 1-866-461-4077 or gphillips@madd.ca