Dwayne & Melonie Memorial Fund

A memorial fund has been set up in honour of Dwayne & Melonie Biddersingh by their mother Opal Austin and sister, Raquel Ellis to honour the lives of their loved ones with a special legacy and have chosen the Child Victim Witness Support Program at Boost Child & Youth Advocacy Centre in Toronto.

“Out of evil, on occasion can come immense good.”
Opal Austin, Melonie’s mother.

There are many children who are in desperate need of support. It is our hope that the Dwayne & Melonie Memorial Fund will save lives. No child should have to endure physical and emotional abuse, pain and suffering, especially at the hands of a parent and caregiver. Opal describes Melonie as a quiet girl, a good girl, who loved to draw, read books, loved children, and aspired to be a nurse.  Dwayne loved music and wanted to be a singer.

Boost CYAC helps children and youth in a number of ways; through primary prevention, public education, investigation, advocacy, counselling and court support.

Court can be stressful for any witness and for a child, it can be terrifying.  The Child Victim Witness Support Program teaches children their job as witnesses and what to expect at court.  Expert staff in the program identify the unique needs of each child witness and advocate on their behalf to partners in the Criminal Justice System. By providing information and support to parents and caregivers, the program aims to create a safety net around the child to minimize the stress and discomfort of testifying.

Thank you for creating a special legacy for Dwayne & Melonie!