Mr. Speaker, on February 19, the Act Respecting a National Organ Donor Week in Canada received royal assent.
In this first national week, I would like to honour the families of donors, who, at a particularly distressing time in their lives, agree to give someone they do not know the life that remains after death has struck down someone they hold dear.
I would today like to honour the courage of Hélène Rouleau-Verville of Laval. On the death of her son Alexis at 4 years, 2 months, she had the courage and generosity to rise above her sorrow and anger and give five children a new life.
Hélène, your gesture speaks eloquently and forcefully of your courage.
On behalf of all parents, I thank you.