VANCOUVER EASTSIDE MISSING WOMEN
12th Annual Women's Memorial March
Maggy, speaking at the Carnegie Center
Hello my name is Maggy
I am here to day to remember my many friends that are on the missing women’s list. Many of you knew me as Crazy Jackie.
I have lived on and off skid row from 1983 until March 13, 1998. I struggled with drug addiction and have been in and out of 22 recovery houses, 22 treatment centers and numerous detox during this fifteen year period.
I hear a lot about the missing women that only regard the women as prostitutes and drug addicts. Leaving unsaid a common assumption that these women’s lives were expendable because of their undesirable lifestyles. This kind of assumption fails to give a fair picture of who these women really are!
To the 63 families of the missing women they are wives, mothers, sisters, daughters, aunts, cousins and even grandmothers that are gone forever! I can not even imagine the vastness of your grief and am truly sorry for your loss!
For so many other people The missing women were loved ones or friends that are now gone. I am also truly sorry for your loss!
To me many of these women were my friends over the 15 years of my struggle
to get out of hell on Hastings.
Some of these women I met on the streets of Hastings.
So many of the Women I met in recovery houses, treatment centers and detox
centers over the many years.
I have so much to say and not the time to say how much my friends on the missing women's list mean to me.
Sarah deVries I first met you in 1985. you were a very
bright light for me in a very dark place and time of my
life. You helped me hang on to the hopes and dreams
of my heart!
You loved to laugh, you loved to draw, and you loved to write! you always carried with you 2 pictures. One of your daughter and one of your sons. You were able to see the good in other people.
I remember the desire in your heart for a better life with someone you loved who loved you back living with your 2 children. I am left with many memories of our year’s friendship. I miss you so much!
Michelle Gurney I met you in 1986 on the streets of Hastings. Under your tough exterior I found a strong, loyal friend. I remember the Christmas we spent in the Beacon Hotel together. We decided instead of ignoring Christmas that we would try to make Christmas a nice experience for our selves and others that lived in the hotel. Some how we managed to come up with a little tree with decorations that we made a huge feast of food and we traded cloths and jewelry for presents. We even sang songs around the Christmas tree.
Angela Jardine I met you also on the streets of Hasting in 1989. I was drawn to your child like innocence. I remember one of the rooms that you lived in on Hastings had a lot of dolls and stuffed animals and you loved to dress up in pretty clothes and wear make up. I remember how happy you were when you got a grey fur coat and that you wore it all the time. You had a sweet simple innocence about you that I often remember.
Janet Henry I met you in 1989 in Surrey in a women's
recovery house. I cried with you the day you shared
your life story. I have gone to clean & sober dances
with you. I also remember how you struggled to get
out of Hasting and get a better life. I mostly remember
Georgina Papin I met you in 1994 in Lana house. We were room mates and I met your children when they came to visit you. I remember you for your warm smile. You were easy to talk to and made me feel welcome. In 1998 you helped me learn more about my native heritage. You were at the party for the birth of my daughter at mission Indian friendship center.
There are many other women I know and regard as my
friends that are on the missing women's list that I can
say lots about and if I were to sum it up in a few words
I would say that my experience, life on and off of Hastings and the many friends
that I had has left me
So very easily I could have been a mean and bitter person.
There are many people who helped me hang on and fight for a better life
and you all are a part of that. Thank you for your part in my recovery and your
Today my life is very different from the life that I once
lived with you all on Hastings street.
To my friends that are still on Hasting street I want to tell you that If I can get sober then anyone of you can!
There is hope! you are worth it!
Updated: August 21, 2016