Danielle Chartier’s Member's Statement

Excerpt from “Debates & Proceedings” – HANSARD
1st Session – 27th Legislature of the Legislative Assembly of Saskatchewan
N.S. Vol. 54 – No. 39A Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Pg. 1360, 1361

Ms. Chartier: Green Ribbon of Hope Campaign, Child Find Canada

Ms. Chartier: — Thank you, Mr. Speaker. As many of my colleagues are already aware, once a year Child Find Canada launches the Green Ribbon of Hope campaign. It begins on May 1st and continues throughout the month of May. The aim is to increase public awareness about National Missing Children’s Day on May 25th and the issue of missing children in Canada.

It’s every parent’s worst nightmare to imagine their child going missing. Many of us have felt that absolute moment of panic when you lose sight of a small child for even a moment. Sadly, missing children are a tragic and devastating reality for far too many families. According to the most recent data from the RCMP [Royal Canadian Mounted Police], anywhere between 50,000 and 60,000 young people are reported missing each year in Canada. These are absolutely heartbreaking statistics. We must do more to stop this, Mr. Speaker.

As the slogan for the Green Ribbon campaign so appropriately suggests, a missing child is everyone’s responsibility. It takes a village. And so during the month of May, we show our support and concern about missing children by wearing a green ribbon.

I would like to say thank you to Phyllis Hallatt, president of Child Find, headquartered in Saskatoon, and everyone else involved with the organization in Saskatchewan for their amazing dedication. Because of their hard work, Child Find can continue to provide support to families during periods of incomprehensible loss and uncertainty.
Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

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