Against Drunk Driving (OADD) is an non-profit organization
dedicated in the work to reduce and eliminate drinking and
driving in the province of Ontario We recognize the
importance of public awareness campaigns and have been
developing and promoting several programs since the
organization was founded in November 1994.
and Looking back
and Looking back. I founded Orillia Against Drunk Driving
in memory of my brother Tim who was 15 years old when a
drunk driver killed him on
May 15th 1981.
of my favourite songs by Gordon Lightfoot, "If I
Could Read Your Mind." I sometimes wonder what my
mind would contain. What moments would I find worthy of
forever storing? What moments would I remove? All of
life's events, whether good or bad, have made me what I am
today. The happy times as well as the extremely sad times.
Time is a quantity of which we never seem to have enough.
Some aspects of time drag on seemingly forever, while
others fade quickly away.
I approach the Thirtieth anniversary of the death of my
brother, I see it as a time of reflection and looking
back. It only takes an instant to turn back the hands of
time to the moment I was told by a Doctor and a Chaplin
and my Dad in the trauma unit at Sunnybrook Hospital while
I was laying on a stretcher of his death. This is the
moment in my life when time stood still. A moment when I
wondered whether or not life could go on. My logical side
knew that life would continue, while my emotional side
could not think about living again. The journey through
grief has been a long one.
founded Orillia Against Drunk Driving in November 1994 in
memory of my brother Tim and that has helped give me hope
and purpose. My
hope and purpose is that I can help prevent any more
deaths and injuries from occurring at the hands of drunk
drivers, that will prevent any more families from
suffering the consequences of drunk drivers through my
involvement with Orillia Against Drunk Driving.
are times I wish that there was a calendar with a magic
date circled in gold that would mark the end of the grief
and a return to life prior to our victimization. However,
there is no magic calendar and life is never the same as
before, however, I do have life, and my life can be
Against Drunk Driving helped me fill my calendar with
purpose. Through my dedication to the mission, some
semblance of meaning was restored to my life.
times I heard, "It's time you got over this."
Anyone who has been victimized by crime knows that you
never "get over" it, or the loss. Working
through grief is difficult. It is emotionally and
physically draining; you try to go forward and hopefully
put forth a positive effort to make sense of the tragedy.
was a time when I thought I would never laugh again, but
one day I tried to put myself in my brother's place. If I
had been killed in the crash, how would I want my family
to react? Would I want them to enjoy life? The answer was
clear. I would want them to laugh and love and do all they
could to make my death not to have been in vain. I vowed
that I would do everything I could to make Tim's life
worthwhile and prevent his death from being a mere
years - some days it seems like lifetime and other days it
seems like only yesterday. As I approach the thirtieth
anniversary of my brother's death, I am amazed of what I
have accomplished through Orillia Against Drunk Driving. I
did everything possible to prevent tragedy from occurring
again. My family, and the community were worth the fight.
the tragedy that devastated my family, I hope the efforts
in the war on drunk driving will ensure a safer future for
you for the memories and support.
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