LETHBRIDGE - After an absence of several years, a local chapter of MADD Canada will resurface in Lethbridge, to support the city and South-West Alberta.
Anita Huchala has taken the reigns as Community Leader and says her connection with MADD came strictly from a desire to volunteer.
"When I was corresponding back and forth with our regional manager for western Canada, she informed me that we did not have an active chapter in the Lethbridge area and she convinced me to take the Community Leader position and get the chapter going here in Southern Alberta, because there was a great need for it."
Huchala and her family have not been personally impacted by drunk driving but, after hearing stories from others, she felt the organization was where she wanted to direct her energy.
"It is a person's choice to drive impaired. We have not ever had someone pass away or been injured due to a drunk driver, but after hearing many of the stories in the media and surrounding communities, I felt it was something that I could put my passion into."
Her first priority is to build the presence of MADD in this region and reach out for a volunteer base, to provide support to those impacted by impaired driving.
The region can expect to see MADD representatives showing up at different community events, to increase the profile of the organization in South-west Alberta and they will be looking to build a victim support service, for those impacted by the results of drunk driving.
Huchala strongly supports the organization and believes that impaired driving can be halted. Those interested can contact Huchala at [email protected]. She can also be reached at 1-800-665-6233 ext. 316.
More information about MADD Canada can be accessed at www.madd.ca or on their Madd Canada Lethbridge and District Facebook page
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