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Raising awareness for missing children emphasized by murder of Hailey Dunbar-Blanchette

CALGARY – So many questions have yet to be answered as to why and how a two-year-old girl and her 27-year-old father were murdered in Blairmore, Alberta earlier this week.

But this weekend, Albertans who are rattled by the news, are finding ways to mourn and support the families most affected.

Calgarians touched by the tragedy gathered at Municipal Plaza Saturday night to hold a special vigil for Hailey Dunbar-Blanchette and her father Terry Blanchette.

Earlier in the day, the Street Hockey for Hope’ game was put on by former Calgary Flame, current Flames assistant general manager Craig Conroy to raise awareness about the plight of missing children in Canada.

Its importance is highlighted following the abduction of Hailey Dunbar-Blanchette.

Organizers say to have Craig Conroy out playing hockey was a treat for both the kids and the parents but it’s also a great way to raise awareness for the cause.

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“It’s been a tough week for everybody on our team and we know how tough it’s been for the community and certainly how everyone has been feeling this profound sense of loss for this beautiful little girl,” said Amanda Pick, CEO of Missing Children Society of Canada.

The Missing Children Society of Canada began working with investigators on day one of Hailey’s disappearance, using social media to get the word out.

“We’ve created a one of a kind search program, the first of its kind in Canada. People call it ‘milk carton 2.0’ and essentially it allows everybody to be part of the search,” Pick says.

But despite the firestorm of activity online, the outcome of Hailey’s disappearance was tragic.

For those tasked with finding children that are still missing, it has only strengthened their resolve.

“Come together as a community, use what has happened in terms of this loss of this beautiful child and to work together to make sure other children are returned home safely,” Pick said.

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