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Former Deep Bay resident organizes run to honour daughter and raise funds for MADD

Bernard hopes to raise more than $3,000
Caroline Bernard, left, and her mother Margarita held a run together in 2020 to honour a loved one and also to raise funds for Mothers Against Drunk Driving. (Submitted photos)

A former Deep Bay resident is organizing a run to honour her daughter and raise funds for Mothers Against Drunk Driving.

Last year, Margarita Bernard and her daughter Caroline held a tribute run for her husband Goyo, killed by a drunk driver in 2016 in Courtenay.

They also used the event to give back to MADD, which supported them throughout their ordeal and raised closed to $3,000 for the Comox Valley organization.

They had planned to do a run again this year together but unfortunately tragedy hit the Bernard family when Caroline died in Bowser during the summer.

Margarita has decided to forge ahead, not only in support of MADD but to also honour Caroline.

The run will take place in the Comox Valley on Nov. 27 and it will be led by Caroline’s soccer team, The Shooters, who agreed to host the event as a tribute to their teammate.

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The event will start at 10 a.m. and proceed down 17th to Fitzgerald, along Fitzgerald to Cumberland Road, and up Cumberland to Woodcote Park.

Margarita, who now leaves in Chilliwack and is a volunteer with MADD, is also hosting a run there. You can run, walk, or fundraise wherever you are in the world.

“I am hoping to raise more than $3,000 this year,” said Margarita.

For anyone wishing to donate, you can go online at Caroline’s Run for Goyo at

Last June, Margarita had requested Parksville council to allow MADD signs within the city and also to install them. The goal is to inform drivers that calling 911 is an appropriate method to report suspected impaired drivers on the road.

Council approved the request.

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Michael Briones

About the Author: Michael Briones

I rejoined the PQB News team in April 2017 from the Comox Valley Echo, having previously covered sports for The NEWS in 1997.
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