Compassion into Action

Friday, June 27, 2003

There is no comfort for the families of the 62 woman who have disappeared from the eastside of Vancouver. But one local family is reaching out to make a difference, to make sure that another mother or daughter, suffering from an addiction to drugs, has a way out Ė a chance at life.

Paul Bernard is riding across Canada raising funds for an awareness of the Missing Women's Legacy Society, and their goal of starting an addiction treatment center. The society was founded by friends and family of the 62 women who went missing from the eastside of Vancouver.   

Leanne Barnard is the sister-in-law of one of those missing women. Julie Louise Young was last seen in 1998.

In remembering their mother, their sister, their daughter, the family can only await word as the search for DNA continues at the Pickton farm. There is nothing that eases the pain of following the slow process of Robert Picktonís preliminary trial. They struggle with their own feelings of guilt as they ask if there was anything they could have done to save her. They comfort and raise her children.

With little control over the past and no control over the legal process, Paul Barnard, Leanneís brother, is stepping up in the hope that perhaps "another mother will return home."

Legacy House is their dream, and the dream of the Missing Womenís Legacy Society. Their "major objective is to open a treatment center where women can get the treatment for drug addiction and psychological counselling for a long period of time," says Leanne Barnard. A treatment center in a rural setting offering privacy, relaxation and rest.

Her brother, believing in this vision, is raising funds and awareness for the future Legacy House, on a Cross-Canada bike tour, leaving Newfoundland on June 13. He hopes to arrive in Hope on August 21.

After stopping in Hope with his sister and brother-in-law for one-day of rest, Paul Barnard will finish his tour in Vancouver on August 24, averaging a 135 kilometer per day ride.

With many families in the Hope area being touched by the missing womenís case Helenís $ Sense will be selling t-shirts, on behalf of Paulís ride, for $15 with all proceeds going to the Missing Womanís Legacy Society.

Barnard is also is hoping the public will come out to cycle with him along his 7200 kilometers ride, helping build awareness of the need for Legacy House. To keep in touch with Barnard on his ride his full itinerary is on the web at 

Anyone wanting to make a charitable contribution to the Legacy Society can mail a cheque to the Missing Womanís Legacy Society, 221617 Hinch Crescent, Maple Ridge, B.C. V2X 7H5.

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