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Being out of work is stressful enough
without sexual abuse flashbacks, post-
traumatic stress disorder or an abusive
That is why the S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Bridging
Employment Program for Women was
established three years ago to help female
abuse survivors rebuild their lives.
But the program comes to an end today,
as the provincial government is merg-
ing employment programs throughout
the province into its new Employment
Program for B.C.
Lisa Sanders, who recently moved to
Burnaby from Calgary, was one of the
Bridging Employment Programs final 17
These guys have the skills to help us
women who are going through these trau-
matic and post-traumatic situations, way
better than anyone couldve at a regular
employment program, she said. Which
is why were sad that we dont get to do
our real employment part here with these
Sanders was sexually abused as a child
and witnessed violence in her biological
fathers house, she said, and was later
emotionally and physically abused by her
She has experienced more recent losses,
aswell hermother passed away sixweeks
ago, and she was served with divorce
papers three weeks ago, she added.
My husband was a dream, it is just
financial circumstances that brought us to
where we are, she said, adding that the
program has helped her cope with all the
These guys have been a godsend at
this time, let me tell you, she said.
Sanders recently returned to the Lower
Mainland after living in Calgary for 10
years and is looking for work in her field,
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imone Harty was sleeping in the
early morning of June 13, 2007,
when police came to her North
Burnaby home asking questions about
Is this where Elliott Harty lives? Does he
own a motorcycle? Where is he?
Simone thought her 17-year-old boy
was asleep in bed, when police asked to
see his motorcycle.
I was horrified
when I saw the
bike wasnt there,
she says. It was
that they must have
had the wrong per-
Her son, Elliott,
who had been out
with friends and
drinking earlier that night, had returned
home and quietly slipped out again
around midnight on his new motorbike.
No one saw the accident, but shortly
after Elliott left, a motorist called police
to report that a lamppost was blocking
Barnet Highway. When police respond-
ed, they found Elliott in a ditch. He was
rushed to Royal Columbian in critical
condition. Simone, a single mom, was at
his bedside praying, talking to her only
child and watching his vital signs but
hours or surgery could not repair the
boys broken body.
It wasnt till the next day that the
neurologist came to speak to us, she
says in a soft, quivering voice. He was
saying to us that there was no brain
activity and that really there was no more
they could do.
Then came a conversation about
whether Simone would like to make the
gift of life and donate her childs organs.
Simone had never spoken with Elliott
about organ donation, but she thought
its what he would have wanted.
Burnaby North Secondary students
huddled together in the hospitals hall-
ways for a chance to say goodbye to the
tall, gangly fun-loving teen, who played
piano and loved cooking curry.
Elliotts kidney and liver were saved,
as were some islet cells from his pancre-
as, which can help people with diabetes.
Five years later, Simone is still raw
with grief, but she smiles and remembers
her son fondly, as she flips through an
album of mementos. There are several
newspaper clippings from the accident,
photos of a Elliott, and an anonymous,
hand-written letter on yellow paper from
one of the recipients of Elliotts organ
donation. The writer is thankful after suf-
fering through 10 years of kidney disease.
I will cherish and take care of my
new kidney and treat it like my baby and
part of my body, the letter says.
Whats hard for me is I dont know
much about this person, Simone says.
In Canada, theres a wall of anonym-
ity between families of organ donors and
recipients, and Simone knows nothing of
the person who now carries Elliotts kid-
ney. But I do know its a hard letter to
write, she says. I understand the com-
plications of receiving a gift like that.
Simone has done a lot in the wake
of losing her child. Shes shared her
story publicly and encouraged people to
become organ donors, and shes joined
a dragon boating team of transplant
recipients and paddled alongside Eva
Markvoort, the young, vibrant New
Westminster woman who passed away
after a double lung transplant. She also
attends a support group for parents who
have lost their children and has made
many new friends since Elliotts death.
On Sunday, April 1, Simone will be
one of more than 150 participants in a
transplant trot at Burnaby Lake Park
benefitting the Canadian Transplant
Association. Organizers behind the run
are raising awareness about organ dona-
tion in hopes more people will register.
The trek starts at 10 a.m., and partici-
pants can run or walk five kilometres or
eight. Registration is $20, and transplant
recipients register for free. Simone will be
there for Elliott.
Im just a person who will run. I will
run with my sons button in his honour,
Simone had spoken to her son about
drugs, teen pregnancy and jail, but never
I think its important to have those
conversations, but Im sure I made the
choice he would have made, she says.
Its one of those important conversation
parents need to have with their children.
Simone hopes people register as organ
donors and have these conversations
not beside deathbeds, but as part of
everyday life. Simone is also hopeful oth-
ers will receive that bittersweet gift of
I didnt realize the degree in which
a gift like this can change someones life,
from being sick to not being sick, she
says. If something good can come out
of a tragedy like this, then its a gift Im
happy I was able to give other people,
and I know my son would feel the same.
To sign up for the run, go to www.
http://bit.ly/TransplantTrot or call
Margaret Benson at 604-985-6628 or email
email@example.com. To become an
organ donor, go to transplant.bc.ca.
ELLIOTT HARTYS TRAGIC DEATH HELPED SAVE A STRANGERS LIFE
Mother joins transplant trot to help cause
ON MY BEAT
Only child: Simone Harty holds an album full of mementos of her son, Elliott.
The Burnaby North student died in a motorcycle crash in 2007, and his organs
were donated. Simone hopes others will sign up to become organ donors.
It wasnt until the next day that the neurologist came to speak to us. He was saying to us that