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May 24, 2013

Ceremony honours Alice Leadlay

PLEIS display at dedication ceremony (Theresa McGee and Deborah Doherty)

On May 10, 2013, a ceremony was held at the Quispamsis Arts and Culture Park to unveil a silhouette for Alice Leadlay.  To commemorate her life and look for solutions to family violence, over 50 people attended, including family, friends, police, and community service providers.   The event was hosted by Kennebecasis Valley Outreach and the NB Silent Witness Project. 

Alice, who was 80 years old and suffering from dementia at the time of her death in 2004, had been left overnight gagged and bound by her husband.  She suffocated. 

Several distinguished guests participated in the ceremony including the Mayor of Quispamsis, Murray Driscoll and Father LeBlanc, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, who offered a prayer.  Alice’s son, David Leadlay spoke of the family’s relief in knowing that his mother was no longer just a statistic and that her voice would be added to that of other women in the province who had lost their lives to domestic violence. 

The Hon. Marie-Claude Blais, Minister Responsible for Women’s Issues, emphasized the importance of working together to end violence against women. The key-note speaker, Dr. Deborah Doherty, Director, Public Legal Education and Information Service of NB, spoke of the growing population of seniors and the importance of recognizing the unique face of family violence against seniors. She noted that we must take care not to minimize the tragedy of Alice’s death because of her age and that we should check our own biases and stereotypes.  Laun-Marie Scott then explained the services provided by Kennebecasis Outreach and Cst Kelley McIntyre of the Rothesay Police talked about her involvement in creating the silhouette and the role of the police in helping victims. 

The event was opened and closed with a beautiful rendition of the Silent Witness song, “I’ll Stand in the Rain”, by Rachelle Legere. The names of all the witnesses were read by Erin Marshall and the MC for the event was Lori Carle of 97.3 The Wave.  Gail Leadlay conveyed her heartfelt thanks to everyone who had helped to organize the event and those who attended.
 
Click here to read the text on Alice’s silhouette.