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  • Being out of work is stressful enough

    without sexual abuse flashbacks, post-

    traumatic stress disorder or an abusive

    partner.

    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

    clients.

    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

    girls.

    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

    childrens father.

    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

    additional stress.

    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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    S

    imone Harty was sleeping in the

    early morning of June 13, 2007,

    when police came to her North

    Burnaby home asking questions about

    her son.

    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

    complete disbelief,

    that they must have

    had the wrong per-

    son.

    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,

    she says.

    Simone had spoken to her son about

    drugs, teen pregnancy and jail, but never

    organ donation.

    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

    life.

    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

    winniethepooh@telus.net. 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

    Jennifer Moreau

    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