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Slaney attends regional MADD conference


Donald Slaney said MADD Canada’s Atlantic Regional Conference has provided him with inspiration to work hard to help keep families on the Burin Peninsula from being affected by impaired driving.

Burin Peninsula community leader Donald Slaney of St. Lawrence pledged to join in spreading the message to stop impaired driving during the MADD conference. Photo Submitted

The St. Lawrence resident was among delegates who took part in the annual event, hosted by MADD Madawaska this year, which took place in Edmundston, New Brunswick, May 31 to June 2.

“Each person I met had their own devastating story about impaired driving affecting their families. They were all passionate about putting a stop to impaired driving. This has given me motivation to spread the message of MADD Canada.”

Mr. Slaney, who recently joined the organization as a community leader for the Burin Peninsula, said the conference consisted of useful workshops, MADD moments – stories of impaired driving – and a candlelight vigil, which he described as “an emotional, remarkable experience that paid tribute to everyone killed or injured by impaired driving.”

He said participants also discussed ideas to better spread MADD’s message to Atlantic Canadians.

Mr. Slaney is planning to visit schools around the peninsula in the upcoming school year. He has also tentatively scheduled a Red Ribbon Campaign event for Dec. 1.

“I invited anyone to join me to help spread our message, and I would love to have volunteers for this movement on the Burin Peninsula.”

Anyone who would like to become a member of MADD Canada, may email ‘MADDburinpen@outlook.com’.

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