East Van resident Gladys Radek has been nominated as one of 10 Canadians to be a Champion of Change, a competition hosted by the CBC and Manulife Financial to celebrate volunteerism in Canada.
After her beloved niece, Tamara Chipman, disappeared in 2005 along Highway 16 in northern BC, Gladys co-founded the Walk4Justice. In 2008, the grandmother (who lost a leg in a hit-and-run accident) led the 4,000 km Walk4Justice from Vancouver to Parliament Hill in Ottawa to press for a public inquiry into Canada's missing and murdered women. In summer 2010, she spearheaded a 1,500 km march along BC's Highway 16, the "Highway of Tears", drawing attention to the disappearances of women along this highway.
Gladys continues to organize activities which call for better investigations for missing women's cases and a public inquiry into how and why women go missing. She regularly organizes vigils, advocates in communities, and updates a Walk4Justice databank of missing women. She is also planning another walk for 2011.
The two Champions of Change with the most votes will be recognized on the CBC and receive $25,000 for their cause.
To vote for Gladys as a Champion of Change, go to http://www.cbc.ca/change/vote2.html . Voting closes on January 10, 2011.