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Founder Profile:

Douglas Gordon Abernethy

Launched into activism by the tragic death of his 15-year-old brother, Doug Abernethy founded Orillia Against Drunk Driving (OADD) in November 1994, in memory of his brother Tim.

Doug works as a volunteer and spends about 40 hours per week working on various projects that the organization is currently involved with.  As a volunteer Doug's inspirational work at the local and national level has helped to support countless programs, pass important legislation such as making Ontario the first Canadian Province to enact legislation making the alcohol ignition interlock mandatory.  Doug's agenda includes expanding OADD's programs; and to reach out to other communities; reduce the alcohol-related traffic deaths and injuries by inspiring the public to "Get Involved"; promoting public awareness campaigns and; furthering initiatives to pass key lifesaving drunk driving legislation; and raising awareness about new research and the devastating impact of drinking and driving.  As founder of Orillia Against Drunk Driving, Doug has testified before the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights, Police Services Boards and Municipal Councils.  Doug has actively participated in alcohol policy network at Ontario Public Health, conducted numerous news conferences and events and has been interviewed and featured by national news media, and local radio stations and newspapers across the Province of Ontario.  Doug Abernethy was City Council representative to OCCID from 2000 - 2003.  Doug's latest initiative in the war against drinking and driving has been the launch of the Ontario R.A.I.D. (Report All Impaired Drivers) program launched in Orillia in 2002. The program is now working in 38 O.P.P detachments. Doug's goal is to involve all OPP detachments across Ontario.  Doug received the Citizen of the Year Award for 2001, Ontario Crime Commission Award 2002, Ontario Medical Association Award 2003, for his longstanding efforts regarding drinking and driving.

Because of the tragedy that devastated his family, Doug says he hopes his efforts in the war on drunk driving will ensure a safer future for all.

Citizen of year
Citizen of the Year
Ontario Crime Commission Award
Crime Commission
Ontario Medical Association Award
Ontario Medical 

 

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