The Victim Services Volunteer of the Year Award was created in 2003 to recognize volunteers within MADD Canada who exemplify compassion, dedication, diligence, caring empathy and respect for those who have suffered a loss due to an impaired driving crash. The individuals volunteer their time to support victims of impaired driving, as well as advocate on their behalf. Expectations are exceeded to ensure victims and their families receive the emotional, practical, and legal assistance they deserve.

For more information about the award or nomination forms, click here (PDF).

2019 Victim Services Volunteer

MADD Halifax Regional Chapter President John MacLeod (centre) receives the Victim Services Volunteer of the Year Award from MADD Canada Chief Executive Officer Andrew Murie and National Board of Directors Chairperson Susan Steer

MADD Halifax Regional Chapter President John MacLeod (centre) receives the Victim Services Volunteer of the Year Award from MADD Canada Chief Executive Officer Andrew Murie and National Board of Directors Chairperson Susan Steer.

John MacLeod, MADD Halifax Regional Chapter

John MacLeod is a Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) with the Halifax Regional Police Service. He initially joined MADD Halifax Regional Chapter in this capacity, but he quickly became interested on a personal level, particularly with MADD Canada’s Victim Services Program.

As a Victim Services Volunteer, John has supported many individuals and families affected by impaired driving. He dedicates a great deal of time and effort to working with families to ensure their loved ones are memorialized on the Nova Scotia Provincial Monument for Victims of Impaired Driving, on story banners and at candlelight vigils. In fact, prior to the Provincial Monument Ceremony each year, John makes personal contact with each of the 127 families who have a loved one’s name engraved on the Monument to invite them to the ceremony.

John assists families with Victim Impact Statements, court accompaniment, provides explanations on court procedures, and assists with media interviews. He also helps families with information on the parole system and victims’ rights when offenders are released.

In 2016, John helped establish a victim support group in the Halifax area, which he co-facilitates every 6 weeks.

John is also committed to the maintenance of roadside memorials for victims of impaired driving, travelling around the province to locate, repair, or replace damaged roadside memorial crosses that have been placed by Nova Scotia families.

As the President of the MADD Halifax Regional Chapter, John can be found at MADD Canada Memorial Ceremonies and Candlelight Vigils assisting with the delivery of the victim tributes, and serving in the Honour Guard in full uniform. He also attends the National Conference for Victims of Impaired Driving to support victims and survivors from all across the country.

Previous Winners

2018 Gregg Thomson, Ottawa, Ontario

2017 John McLeod, MADD Halifax Regional, Nova Scotia

2016  Tracy Franklin, MADD Calgary

2015 Jessica Rawcliffe, MADD Ottawa Chapter

2014 Eva Gainer, MADD Central Okanagan, British Columbia

2013 National Winner – Gillian Phillips, Edmonton, Alberta

2012 National Winner – Anissa Aldridge, MADD Halifax Region, NS

2011 National Winner – Karen Dunham – MADD Saint John Chapter, NB

2010 National Winner – Janet Mason – MADD South Eastern New Brunswick

2009 National Winner – Karen Dunham – MADD Saint John, NB

2009 BC/Yukon Region – Marita Maas, MADD Metro Vancouver, BC

2009 Atlantic Region – Karen Dunham, MADD Saint John, NB

2008 National Winner Stephanie Dooley – MADD Halton Region, ON

2008 BC/Yukon Region – Sharon Graham, MADD Upper Fraser Valley, BC

2008 Ontario East Region – Kim Butler, MADD Barrie/Simcoe

2008 Ontario West Region – Stephanie Dooley, MADD Halton Region

2008 Quebec Region – Jason Dubeau, MADD Upper Laurentians

2008 Atlantic Region – Lori Walsh, MADD Charlottetown

2007 National Winner Tammy Milne, MADD Brandon, MB

2007 Prairie Provinces/NWT/Nunavut Region – Tammy Milne, MADD Brandon, MB

2007 Atlantic Region – Janet Mason, MADD South Eastern New Brunswick, NB

2006 National Winner Nick Denny, MADD Cape Breton, NS

2006 Ontario West Region – Colin Senior, MADD Manitoulin Island, ON

2006 Atlantic Region – Nick Denny, MADD Cape Breton, NS