Monday, March 28, 2011

Manitoba's $60,000 public awareness campaign for missing and murdered Aboriginal women

Yvonne Raymond and Chase Gouthro did a story for Red River College's weekly news broadcast about Manitoba's $60,000 public awareness campaign for missing and murdered women.

The campaign has seen a number of billboards and bus signs with the pictures of 10 missing or murdered women who's cases have not been solved and a caption saying "What if she was your daughter" scattered throughout the city. The province hopes this blatant campaign will bring people forward with information that could solve these cases.

This was the first time Raymond and Gouthro have ever reported on this issue, and both were heavily affected after meeting Barbara Houle, mother of murdered 17-year-old Manitoba woman, Cherisse Houle.

In her blog, Raymond articulates how difficult it was talk to the grieving mother. She said "interviewing a mother who's daughter was murdered was unbearable." She calls this kind of reporting "one of the most difficult task a journalist can face."

Please watch the video and pass it on.

MISSING: Seianna Leask and Maureen Lowe

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press.

The Winnipeg Police Service is requesting the public’s assistance in locating two young sisters, 10-year-old female, Seianna Leask and 13-year-old Maureen Lowe.
They were last seen on Sunday morning and are believed to be together.

Seianna is described as Aboriginal in appearance, five-foot-three, weighing 110lbs. She has long straight black hair and brown eyes and was last seen wearing low-rise sweatpants. Maureen is described as Aboriginal, five-foot-three, 140lbs, black medium-length hair, brown eyes.

Anyone with information regarding their whereabouts is asked to contact the Winnipeg Police Service 986-6222 or the Missing Persons Unit at 986-6250.

Friday, March 11, 2011

HOT 103 reposts Missing Woman Montage

Thanks to HOT 103's Chrissy Troy for reposting my video montage on her blog. (Click here to read Troy's blog)

So far 13 of my Facebook friends have reposted the video to their walls, as well as an unknown number of other Facebook users who have messaged me to ask or tell me that they too would repost the video. Thank you to everyone who has helped to make the video go viral, I really appreciate it.

Also, thank you so much to Donald Benham for forwarding a link to the video to all of his email contacts. Your support is greatly appreciated.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

What's in a name...

Claudette Osborne-Tyo and Patience, July 10, 2008. Two weeks before Osborne-Tyo went missing

Claudette Osborne-Tyo went missing on July 24, 2008, just two weeks after giving birth to a baby girl named Patience Claudette Bushby on July 10. The eight pound baby girl was Osborne-Tyo's fourth child, and second child with her fiance Matt Bushby.

"She wanted lots of kids," Bushby said. "She loved being a mom."

Sadly, Osborne-Tyo's dream of being a mom to her new baby daughter and her other children, Iziah, Layla and Dayton was cut short when she vanished in the early hours of July 24.

L-R: Patience, Layla and Iziah 2010

For two of the older children, Iziah and Layla, memories of "Mama June" as they call her, are evident. Iziah, now four, says he wants to be a helicopter pilot when he grows up so that he can fly over the bushes in Manitoba to look for his mom, and Layla, five, believes that her mother will come home if the family can get a big enough Christmas tree at Christmas time.

For Patience, however, there are no memories. The little girl, now almost three, has no recollection of her mother since she was only two weeks old when her Osborne-Tyo went missing. Instead, Patience, who Bushby says is exactly like Osborne-Tyo in both personality and appearance, only knows her mom through pictures and stories.

Aside from the stories and pictures, Patience has a special and unique connection to her mother that nobody else has, and that is her name: Patience Claudette.

Bushby says that when their daughter was born at around 4:00 p.m. on the afternoon of July 10, 2008, both he and Osborne-Tyo were shocked to find out that their new little bundle was a girl.

"We had an ultrasound done, and we were told that we were having another boy," explained Bushby, adding that he and Osborne-Tyo had only picked out a boys name.

Neither was prepared for the arrival of a little girl.

Bushby recalls Osborne-Tyo's absolute panic for not having a name picked out. He said that she was beside herself, trying to think of names for their daughter.

"She was so impatient, she wanted to have a name for the baby before her family came to visit," said Bushby with a smile. "She was getting all worked up and I said, like I always did, 'Patience Claudette.' and we both just stopped and kind of looked at each other."

And just like that, the little girl was named.