My name is Judy Trimble and I have asked Bonnie Fornier to read this for me as she was like a Mother to all the girls in Hastings. She would love them hug them and was there when I as a Mother was not around.
I am not able to make the trip to Vancouver at this time to see this plaque in the sidewalk. I may not be here in person but I am most diffidently here is spirit. I have little to hold and remember my daughter by as we had a house fire and many cherished photo’s and a like were lost. One thing the fire did not take was my memories.
I remember Cara as a baby and toddler and child. As I look back that is what I remember. I do not think of her fate because to do so is too painful. I pray that good will come of all this. I hope that the VPD and the RCMP will pay attention NOW when girls go missing. They will not treat them as disposable the way they did with my Daughter.
Much thought was taken in choosing the place where this plaque will lay. Thanks to Sean and all the people who volunteer their time at The Canadian Foundation for Creative Development and Innovation they have made this a reality. We will never have a gravestone for Cara. There were only small pieces of her found. This will be a marker, a reminder really that my daughter was here and that I miss her. Not everyone in the family thought that this plaque was a good idea. Yes there was some opposition. I feel with all my heart that if even one plaque makes a girl think twice about her safety or choices it is all worth it.
We have been dealing with the murder of Cara for a long time. We have had to battle for even a grain of truth. We have been treated very badly and many tears have been shed. Today at the unveiling of this plaque something good is happening. As you gather you are taking a step toward acknowledgement that there should be change. This young girl died and we remember her. Look at her name and remember it. If things do not change there will be so many plaques on the streets of Vancouver you won’t be able to step over them they will cover your sidewalks. Cara my Dear Daughter I love you and I remember you.
Thanks to Sean and The Canadian Foundation for Creative Development and Innovation others will remember you too.
Judy Trimble as read by Bonnie Fournier