New president named at MADD AGM

By Phil Ambroziak

“It’s all about getting into the community and letting people know we’re here.”

That’s how Nicole Munroe, the new president of Meadow Lake’s Mother’s Against Drunk Driving (MADD) chapter, plans to help her organization flourish after taking the reigns during the group’s annual general meeting June 15.

Nicole Munroe, MADD president

Nicole Munroe, MADD president

“We take part in MADD’s Project Red Ribbon every year, as well as its Campaign 911 (a nation-wide initiative encouraging motorists to keep their eyes peeled for impaired drivers and to call authorities), but this year we hope to do more as a chapter,” Munroe explained.

One such way, she added, is by hosting a Strides for Change walk/run and by simply setting up at more locations throughout the community in an effort to make MADD’s presence known in and around Meadow Lake.

“We’ve bought a lot of interactive tools we would like to utilize this year including a tent we can put up at various events and locations around town just to let people know what we’re all about,” Munroe continued. “I think the message we’ve been putting out there so far has been well received, but we need to do more.”

Munroe said this is critical when looking at numbers for Meadow Lake compared to the province as a whole. During last week’s AGM, which took place at the Meadow Lake Hospital, Cst. Matthew Keelty of the Meadow Lake RCMP was on hand to provide a PowerPoint presentation noting impaired driving statistics. Based on population, Keelty’s presentation indicated the average number of people charged with drinking and driving offences in Meadow Lake is higher than the provincial average which, in turn, is higher than the national average.

“This is alarming,” Munroe added. “But, at the same time, it simply reminds us about what we’re fighting for and how much MADD is needed, especially here.”
Munroe has been a member of MADD for five years, of which she served three as vice-president.

“President is generally the job you take on after serving as VP,” she noted. “I  truly believe in what MADD stands for, however, and hope to do the best job I can.”

Munroe replaces Stephen Pollock who served as MADD president for three years.

“Usually it’s a two-year term, but at last year’s AGM nobody felt ready to step into that position, so I stayed on,” Pollock said. “It’s a very busy position and I felt it was time to step aside. Nicole is definitely a high-energy type of person who I believe will bring a different perspective even though we both agree the best thing MADD can do for young people is educate them about the dangers of drinking and driving.”

Pollock confirmed he still plans to be a part of the local MADD chapter. Meanwhile, during the AGM, Amber Ambroziak was named MADD vice-president while Tammy Mutch and Krystina Arnold remain on board as treasurer and secretary respectively. Voting board members include Lindsay Urban, Christine Beckett, Kevin Schindel, Alicia Lehoux and Michelle Martodam with one seat still vacant.

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