Like so many Ontarians and people from around the world, we, the undersigned, were and still are, deeply saddened, shocked and sickened by the senseless deaths of Gary Neville-Lake and his three grandchildren: Daniel, 9; Harry, 5; and Milly, 2, at the hands of a drunk driver on Sept. 27, 2015.
And like so many people, we feel absolutely helpless. There is nothing that can bring these happy children, who were so full of life and promise, or their loving grandfather, back.
Yet we want something to be done to ensure the Neville-Lake victims are never, ever forgotten.
Not only is it important to remember these precious children and their grandfather but it is also vital that we never forget the tragic consequences of drinking and driving.
Something like this must never happen again.
Therefore, we, the undersigned are calling on the City of Brampton to name a park in the city in honour of the Neville-Lake family. The park can include a small memorial for the children and their grandfather. It can also include a bench with a small plaque where people can sit and reflect on these lives lost and remember.
MADD Canada could also include a small monument at the park.
As Brampton Mayor Linda Jeffrey said, the horrific crash "permanently scarred our community, we lost our innocence."
It should also be noted that we read with interest the decision by Mississauga council to add "Sr." to Marco Muzzo Park, which was named after the grandfather of the driver who killed the Neville-Lake children, in an attempt to erase any confusion that it was named after the Marco Muzzo convicted in the tragic Vaughan crash.
We name parks after developers so we can remember their contributions to a community. We should also name a park after the Neville-Lake family, so we never forget their names, their faces or their story.
It is critical that we never forget.
Remembering could save lives in the future.