The holiday season will certainly be a dark one for the family of Cortney Lake, the Mount Pearl woman missing since June and suspected to have been murdered.
“Christmas will no doubt be very difficult (for us),” Glenda Power told The Telegram in an email today.
But they’re hoping to add some light this week.
On Thursday, Cortney’s family will light a tree in her memory at St. David’s Park in Mount Pearl, marking her favourite time of year.
"Cortney’s Tree” will remain lit throughout Christmas to honour her and, with its purple lights, to serve as a reminder of the impacts of violence against women, a news release, issued today on behalf of the family, stated.
A special presentation will be made to the St. John’s Women’s Centre.
Members of the public are invited to attend.
This family-friendly event will begin at 6:15 p.m., with a Christmas carol sing-a-long. Tim Horton’s, Old Placentia Road, will provide hot chocolate at the park.
Everyone attending is encouraged to bring their recyclable mugs and to wear Santa hats or other festive attire for this special community event.
Meanwhile, Power said that the family still hopes to find her remains to give her a proper burial.
“We remain resolute in our mission to find Cortney and will continue searching as long as we can before winter sets in,” Power said.