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CD offers hope to those left behind

By DARRELL BELLAART
The News Bulletin

May 13 2006

Jack Cummer wants to offer a branch on the path that led to his 21-year-old granddaughter Andrea Joesbury going missing.

She was one of the women who disappeared from Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. A task force was formed to help find these women, leading to the arrest and charging of Port Coquitlam pig farmer Robert Pickton.

Cummer says it happened because his granddaughter fell through the cracks. She left home at 16 to escape an abusive father and wound up hooked on drugs in one of North America’s worst neighbourhoods.

"Family breakdown is what’s causing these kids to go missing," Cummer said. "Kids today are left on their own and their parents go off and do this and that."

Cummer was living in Victoria when police found Andrea’s remains on the Pickton property. He met poet Susan Musgrave through a common acquaintance, and Musgrave wrote the poem Missing in Andrea’s memory.

The poem was made into a song of the same name; Amber Smith sings the haunting lyrics to the accompaniment of Brad Prevadoros’ guitar, creating a powerful piece that connects the lives of the victims of that terrible tragedy.

Today Cummer lives with his wife Laila in Nanoose Bay. They want to offer hope for other women lost in a haze of drug addiction and homelessness.

All money raised from the sale of copies of Missing will go to Willow WAI House, a program for homeless women, sex trade workers and women with drug addiction problems. Haven Society delivers the program.

To find out more about how to buy the CD, please e-mail tracy@havensociety.com or phone Tracy at 754-0764.

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The song ‘Missing’ can be heard on the Vancouver missing women website at: http://www.missingpeople.net

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Updated: August 21, 2016