Splash pad named for drowned toddler
A city committee has approved naming an Orleans splash pad after a two-year-old boy who died in a backyard pool last summer.
Jérémie J. Audette drowned July 28, 2010 after he fell into an above-ground pool while his daycare provider visited the home of another daycare operator who was hosting an event.
Commemorations are usually reserved for historic figures who were prominent in the community, so when Audette's name was suggested, the commemorative naming committee opened the suggestion to a public consultation.
"This is a different kind of commemoration. It's commemorating, unfortunately, the untimely death of a toddler in a backyard pool," said Coun. Stephen Blais, "so, unfortunately, we're commemorating the impact he had on the community."
The proposal was met with overwhelming support, with all but three of 400 emails to the committee in favour of the commemoration. A hard-copy petition with over 1,000 signatures was also delivered to the committee.
Blais said he hopes the commemoration will act as a reminder about the boy and the importance of water safety.