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MADD Canada appoints Abbotsford rep

MADD Canada, the national non-profit that campaigns to stop impaired driving, announced Tuesday that Danielle Edwards will be the organization's new volunteer community leader in Abbotsford.

Edwards joins a nationwide network of volunteers who represent MADD Canada and deliver its messages and programs to local communities.

“Our chapters and community leaders undertake a diverse range of activities within their communities to help achieve MADD Canada’s mission of stopping impaired driving and supporting the victims of this violent crime,” said MADD Canada national president Angeliki Souranis. “They truly are the heart and soul of our organization. We are proud to have Ms. Edwards part of our amazing and dedicated volunteer team.”

Edwards previously served as the Victoria Community Leader for 18 months. Now residing in Abbotsford, Edwards will focus much of her initial efforts around public awareness and education initiatives and building partnerships with stakeholder and community organizations with similar goals of ending impaired driving.

Between 1,350 and 1,600 Canadians are killed and more than 68,500 are injured as a result of impaired driving crashes each year, according to MADD.

“These deaths and injuries are completely preventable. They can all be avoided if people do not get behind the wheels of their vehicles impaired,” said Edwards in a release. “I want to be part of the solution and I am confident that Abbotsford will be supportive of the effort to stop these senseless tragedies from occurring on our roads and in our community. I invite everyone interested in this cause to join our Community and participate in events. Volunteering even one hour every few months will make a huge difference.”

Edwards will organize an open house in April and have monthly community meetings in Abbotsford.

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