On April 20, family and friends will mark the one-year anniversary of 20-year-old Rayel MacDonald’s passing.
MacDonald died after she and a friend were struck by a pickup truck while walking across Carson Avenue on April 22, 2012 at 2:15 a.m. with a group of friends.
A graduate of Williams Lake Secondary School, MacDonald was enrolled in the nursing program at Thompson Rivers University in Williams Lake.
Held at the new memory garden on Carson Avenue below Williams Lake Secondary School, the memorial event will begin at 11 a.m.
Following some speeches, there will be performances by the Cariboo Chilcotin Youth Fiddlers, Jessica Williams and the band Calling April, featuring Lee Williams, Jose Salazar and Stephen Gregor.
“Our family just really wanted for all of you to see the Memory Garden that is being created by many wonderful volunteers, along with The Williams Lake Food Policy Council,” said Rayel’s mother Andrea Macdonald. “We would also love for everyone to see the basalt bench made in Squamish that we will be installed in Rayel’s memory. Our family has been devastated by the loss of Rayel, but we have all of you, walking by our sides, we know that we are never alone.”
There will be refreshments, and bracelets/keychains in Rayel’s memory will be sold for $5 each.
Due to limited parking, please park at WLSS parking lot. Bring a chair if you like, sit down and support the family, said Pam Herman of Mothers Against Drunk Drivers Williams Lake Chapter.