On National Day of Remembrance for Road Crash Victims, Wednesday, a grieving mother was in Winnipeg to spread the message that driving impaired or in any other dangerous way is simply not worth the risk.
Cheryl Dupuis lost her daughter, Danae, in a crash involving an impaired driver in Saskatchewan back in 2000.
“It was a preventable death, unfortunately. If it can happen to her, it can happen to anybody,” Dupuis said.
“She was a wonderful girl with a wonderful life ahead. It was cut short tragically,” she added.
Dupuis said the consequences of not being in the proper state of mind to drive can have lasting impact.
“It has a life-long impact on a family. The journey for my family continues, that’s what we’re finding out,” Dupuis said.
“My daughter is gone now. She is fine. She is not suffering anymore.”
“It changes the outlook you have and the person that you are when you have lost someone so significant,” added Dupuis.
PHOTOS: Snapshots from the life of Danae Dupuis
She has a message for people thinking about getting behind the wheel while impaired.
“There’s somebody out there that loves them. It could be your parents, siblings, spouse, or friends. If something were to happen to you, their lives will never be the same again.”
Dupuis will be going around to schools in Manitoba to speak with students about the impacts dangerous driving, like being impaired or distracted, can have on people. It’s part of a campaign being put on by Manitoba Public Insurance.
“We’re challenging them to think in a different way and bringing a positive message to staying safe,” Dupuis said.
After speaking to upwards of 275,000 students over the years, she said there is one thing that sicks out for her after sharing her message.
“You never know who it is going to impact. For me, it’s one of the greatest thank you messages I’ve ever gotten. They heard me speak ten years ago and then they sent me a message saying how much it made a difference in their life. You just never know where you’re going to have a lasting impact. It makes the speaking such a rewarding thing to do,” Dupuis said.
You can learn more about Danae’s story here.
More on MPI’s campign can be found here.
WATCH: Cheryl Dupuis hopes to spread the message of driving safe