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.

Now, after five years, the Hawkins-Gignac Act (Bill 77) is being passed into law, in Ontario. It requires a carbon monoxide alarm to be installed in any Ontario residence with a fuel-burning appliance or heating system, fireplace or attached garage. Along with our ongoing education efforts, it is our goal to support all Canadian provinces in passing similar laws to protect all our citizens equally.

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.

Thank you Ontario for passing this law 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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