Robert's mother, Carolyn Swinson wrote on The Mother's Against Drunk Driver's website:
Rob was driving home after buying his girlfriend a Valentines gift when his car was
hit by a 32-year-old woman who had had her drivers license for 10 days and was driving
with a BAC two-and-a-half times the legal limit. He was killed instantly. She was
acquitted on charges of impaired and impaired causing death. My son was given a life
Rob was 27 years old when he was killed and his future was taken from him. He was a
happy and optimistic young man who could always make you feel good. He was an avid
sportsman, he loved to snowboard and to ride his mountain bike. He owned a bicycle
store, a dream he had had since high school. He gave a lot of himself to others. He
did not deserve this tragic death.
NEWSRELEASE: MADD PRESIDENT IS RECOGNIZED BY TORONTO CITY COUNCIL
Carolyn Swinson accepts award on behalf of MADD Canada volunteers, her son and
Carolyn Swinson, National President of Mothers Against Drunk Driving, is being
recognized by Toronto City Council today as it presents this Cityís Volunteers of the
Year Awards. In a ceremony at City Hall Council Chamber, Mrs. Swinson will receive
recognition for her outstanding volunteer contributions and activities.
Mrs. Swinson stated she will accept the award on behalf of all MADD Canada
volunteers: "Our organization is a very special family, brought together by very
unfortunate, personal tragedies and a concern for a safe community. Our volunteers
are extremely committed to saving lives and I would like to thank all of them for
their efforts. Together, we are making a difference."
Mrs. Swinson added: "I would also like to accept this award for my son Rob, and
for my Father, and to thank them for giving me a strength I didnít know I had."
Andrew Murie, National Executive Director praised Mrs. Swinsonís resolve. "In
working with Carolyn for the past two years, I have never met anyone so courageous
and so determined. Her attitude and work is a real inspiration."
"Carolyn has turned her personal tragedies into a personal goal of eliminating
impaired driving from our roadways and to support victims of this preventable crime,"
Mr. Murie added.
Recipients of Torontoís Volunteer of the Year Award were selected based on the
criteria of length of service, commitment and volunteer activities. In the
announcement of the 22 award recipients, Mayor Mel Lastman said, "Their dedication,
enthusiasm, efforts and gift of time have made a real difference in many lives in
our great City."
Prior to Mrs. Swinsonís two-year term as National President, she served
MADD Canada as Toronto Chapter President. She has been an active member of MADD
Canada in Toronto for years, since the death of her son, Robert.
Mrs. Swinson also was recently recognized with the Individual Achievement
Award by the Ministry of Transportation for her leadership, dedication and creativity
in the field of road user safety.
For further information or to arrange an interview with Carolyn Swinson:
MADD Canada National Office 1-800-665-MADD (6233) or visit the website at www.madd.ca
Andrew Murie, National Executive Director