On May 25th, the Missing Children’s Network commemorated the 30th Anniversary of National Missing Children’s Day by hosting a press conference at École Barthélemy-Vimont, in the borough of Park Extension.
We were overwhelmed by all the media who attended the event and thank them for helping us raise awareness about missing children on such an important day of remembrance.
During the press conference, we presented the most recent missing children’s statistics for Quebec, launched an important prevention campaign entitled Together for Safety, as well as unveiled a new age-progressed photograph of David Fortin, missing since 2009 from Alma, Quebec. Mrs. Caroline Lachance, David’s mom, joined us for this somber occasion and shared with us her dream to be able to hold her son in her arms once again. We share that hope with her!
Later in the evening, we had the pleasure of hosting a special reception at Gallery Gora Inc. in honour of all our searching families. Steven Atme, an accomplished pianist, played for our distinguished guests that included our friends from the RCMP, several corporate partners, as well as many long-time and devoted volunteers of the organization. Together, we paid tribute to missing children and reiterated our unwavering commitment to never stop searching until all missing children are back home. We were excited to conclude the evening with the unveiling of the Missing Children’s Network’s new corporate logo.
At this time, we would like to thank all those who helped make this year’s National Missing Children’s Day a truly memorable occasion: Groupe Jean Coutu, major partner of our campaign Together for Safety, Rosemount Technology Centre who printed 25,000 activity booklets and UPS who generously delivered them across Quebec, as well as all the police agencies that participated in this unique campaign; The Gazette, Global Montreal, Journal de Montréal, 92.5 The Beat and Breakfast TV for giving missing children a voice; Hôtel Inter-Continental who graciously accommodated our out-of-town families, and Westmount Florist for brightening the lives of our families by offering them a long-stem white rose. Last but not least, a very special and heartfelt thank you to the wonderful and talented creators of our new corporate identity and mobile-friendly website – Stéfany Corey and Kim Fuller of Phil.ca!
You have all honoured missing children and provided their families with renewed hope. For that, we are forever grateful!
To view our photo gallery (Amir El Etr – Photographer)