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Don’t get me wrong. I like having a glass or two of my favourite cocktail. The occasional beer hits that spot on a hot summer’s day. A glass raised in a toast to a newly married couple or in honour of a loved one’s achievement helps us to celebrate the milestones in life. And in hard times, wine shared with a friend brings comfort and hope.

But please, when you are done and contemplating going home, stop and think about whether you should be driving or not.

Stop and think about our sons and daughters – we’ve worked hard to give them a good start in life. We’re proud of their accomplishments. We know that they will do great things and impact this world in remarkable ways.

Stop and think about our grandparents, our parents, our teachers, our coaches – all those wonderful people who have mentored us, taught us and helped us find our way in this world.

Stop and think about our friends. They are as close as family to us. They stand by us through thick and thin. They mean everything to us.

Stop and think about them. We love them so very much.

The cost of a bus ride or taxi seems trivial compared to the cost of losing a loved one.


I never met her. I understand that she was one of the happiest people ever. She was always smiling. She was always looking at the positives in any given situation.

A few days ago, Bailey drove her sister home after they enjoyed some time together.

I wasn’t there, but I imagine they hugged when Bailey dropped her off.

Maybe they talked about the next time they would get together.

Probably Bailey said I love you before her sister shut the car door.

I bet Bailey watched her sister open the house door and waved to her before she went in.

Maybe Bailey smiled when she thought of their day together – about how blessed she was to have a sister before she put the car into gear and drove off.

It is my understanding that Bailey was within a kilometer of her house when she was hit by a drunk driver.

Michaela 2nd from the left and Bailey, far right with friends on their graduation.

Michaela 2nd from the left and Bailey, far right with friends on their graduation.

Please – Stop and think before you drive.

My thoughts and prayers are with everyone who loved Bailey.

Rest in peace Bailey