The Hawkins Family

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John Gignac

A Message from John Gignac

Ever since our family lost my niece Laurie Hawkins, her husband Richard and their two children Cassie and Jordan from carbon monoxide poisoning, I've felt Laurie tapping me on the shoulder asking me to "make sure this never happens to anyone else." This has been my mission with the Hawkins-Gignac Foundation for CO Education, since that awful day in December 2008 in Woodstock.

Not a day goes by that I don't think of the accident and how easily it could have been prevented. They did not have a CO alarm.

Now, after more than five years, we are anticipating the arrival of new proposed legislation - the Hawkins-Gignac Act - which will allow the Province of Ontario to amend the existing Fire Prevention and Protection Act, with laws to protect all Ontarians from the dangers of carbon monoxide.

Thank you Ontario for supporting this new proposed legislation, named in honour of Laurie and her family. Today, I feel she is once again tapping me on the shoulder saying, "thank you everyone - please stay safe by installing a carbon monoxide alarm in your home."

If you have any sources of potential carbon monoxide in your home, PLEASE install a CO alarm to protect your loved ones. Don't let the silent killer take from your family, what it took from ours.

John Gignac,
Co-Chair
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