From Vicki in Alberta:
I wanted to also share with you that I have sent an email out to all my friends and family asking them to sign the petition. I received some great feedback from my cousin’s wife (she lives in Maine but is a Canadian). This is all below for you to read.
I appreciated your personal note to thank me for the donation, but really, I need to thank you for your great courage and conviction to raise awareness for equal parenting. I wish I was still living in the Calgary area so I might help out more with your run, but I am up in Red Deer now.
I hope your run is successful and that you receive lots of support across Canada. You are doing a great service to hundreds of thousands (perhaps even millions) of family members experiencing pain due to our faulty family justice system.
Take care, stay safe, and again, thank YOU!
(Here is the email that Vicki sent to her friends and family, which she forwarded to me)
As many of you know, I experienced Parental Alienation in my very difficult divorce. In 86% of cases, it is the father who is left fighting for access to their children. I was one of the 14% of mothers faced with this terrible situation.
I was the target of false allegations of abuse, mental illness, criminal behavior, etc. My family members were also targeted (my mother, my deceased father, my husband, my grandparents). My children were bullied, manipulated, and forced to “choose” which parent they wanted to live with, when all along they deserved the time and love of both parents equally. When I realized that my children were suffering terribly because of the ongoing litigation and pressure from their father to pick a side, I quit fighting for equal access so they could get some peace.
I learned that the Canadian justice system is deeply flawed when it comes to divorce and custody/access. I learned that the individual who ihas the fewest morals and the most financial resources wins, in spite of what’s best for the children. I learned that court orders are useless and unenforceable and do not help children. I learned that contempt of court is never pursued with parent’s who refuse to follow the law and judge’s orders. I learned that judges, psychologists, mediators, and lawyers are woefully inept in identifying and remedying Parental Alienation and in helping the kids involved.
I have also just learned that a very brave man is running across Canada in order to raise awareness for equal shared parenting. I would really appreciate it if you would take a quick look at his website, and in particular, check out the “How Can I Help?” tab. There are a number of ways you can show support. Please consider signing the Equal Shared Parenting Petition, it will only take a minute to add your name. Our children need the laws changed here in Canada so they can enjoy the love of both parents equally.