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27 May 2015

Toronto Mother Holds Free Concert to Honour Daughter Killed By Drunk Driver

News Release - Oakville/Ontario/May 7, 2015 – The public is invited to attend an uplifting and inspirational Gospel Concert at 7:00 p.m. on May 30, 2015 at Rosewood Church of Nazarene, in Scarborough, Ontario.

‘Bring Him Home – A Mother’s Prayer’, is written, directed and produced by Gladys Grimmond, mother of fraternal twins Carol Grimmond (deceased) and Colin Grimmond. Featuring an all Canadian cast of gospel singers, musicians and liturgical dancers, the concert honours the life of Carol Grimmond and is a moving tribute dedicated to those whose lives have been impacted by impaired drivers.

“Every individual has the ability to touch and positively impact other lives,” says Gladys Grimmond. “My daughter Carol believed this wholeheartedly, and she touched so many lives. Sadly, my son Colin celebrated his 50th birthday on February 15th of this year without his twin sister Carol by his side. ‘Bring Him Home – A Mother’s Prayer’ pulls back the curtain and gives a brief but heartwarming insight into Carol’s life through a pictorial retrospective, with vocal, instrumental and dance presentations by several well known performers in the gospel community.”

On October 6, 2012, Carol Grimmond and her twin brother Colin were hit head-on by an impaired driver going the wrong way on Hwy 407 at Mississauga Road. The twins were returning to their mother’s house in Oakville after leaving their grandfather’s 99th birthday celebration in Vaughan. The female impaired driver demolished both vehicles, pinning Carol – a Field Intelligence Officer with the Ontario Ministry of Correctional Services – in her brother’s car. After a valiant effort by first responders and amputation of her right leg, Carol succumbed to her injuries. The impaired driver was sentenced to three years less a day in Federal prison, despite a plea from the Crown Attorney for stiffer
sentencing. To the surprise of family, colleagues and friends, the impaired driver served just eight months of her three-year sentence.

Representatives of MADD Canada will attend the concert to provide an overview of the organization and ways in which the general public can effect changes in provincial and federal laws and sentencing. While the concert is free, donations are welcome. All donations will be directed to MADD Canada.

“MADD Canada provided myself, my son, and close members of our family and friends with support, fellowship and encouragement immediately after the loss of Carol, and that support continues to this very day; and for that we are eternally grateful,” says Ms. Grimmond.

‘Bring Him Home: A Mother’s Prayer’ will take place just one month after the organization held its National Conference for Victims of Impaired Driving. The conference enables families from across Canada to gather together for a moving candlelight ceremony to remember loved ones who have been killed and to acknowledge injuries sustained in impaired driving crashes. Photos of victims/survivors are shown, a tribute is read and a candle is lit for each victim/survivor.

Concert Details:
Date: Saturday, May 30, 2015
Time: 7:00 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Location: Rosewood Church of Nazarene
657 Milner Avenue, Scarborough, ON M1B 2K4
Admission: Free
(Donations to MADD Canada appreciated)

About MADD Canada: Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD Canada) is a charitable, grassroots organization that is committed to stopping impaired driving and supporting the victims/survivors of this violent crime. Each and every year, thousands of Canadians are killed or injured in impaired driving crashes. Driving under the influence of alcohol or other drugs is a terrible crime that touches all our lives. It is an irresponsible, dangerous and intolerable act. MADD Canada strives to offer support services to victims/survivors and their families and friends, heighten awareness about the dangers of alcohol and/or drug-impaired driving, and to save lives and prevent injuries on our roads. Click here to learn more about MADD Canada.

For further information about ‘Bring Him Home – A Mother’s Prayer’, call:
Gladys Grimmond at 905-469-2424, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For further information about MADD Canada, call:
Deb Kelly, MADD Canada Communications Manager at 1-800-665-6233, ext. 240 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Note to Media in the Greater Toronto Area:
Media are welcome to attend the concert ‘Bring Him Home – A Mother’s Prayer’.

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