Little Cédrika Provencher is at the very heart of the Foundation bearing her name.
She was only nine years old on that nice summer evening of July 31, 2007, when she was lured and abducted by one or more predators while she was just riding around close to home. She had been asked to help find a little dog that was supposedly lost. She was never seen again. This happened in Trois-Rivières, Quebec, a seemingly quiet city that was not ready to face an event like this one. Although the first minutes after a disappearance are crucial, endless hours went by before anyone considered there might have been an abduction.
The Cédrika Provencher Foundation was specifically founded to prevent incidents like this from happening again anywhere in the world and to make sure that other “Cédrikas” and their families do not become victims of similar tragedies.
The Cédrika Provencher Foundation was registered with the Registre des entreprises du Québec [Quebec business registry] in May 2008 and officially launched in the summer of 2010. It is a non-profit organization authorized to issue charitable donation receipts.
The Cédrika Provencher Foundation is a central body where well-intentioned people from all walks of life come together on an important humanitarian mission.
OUR MISSION: PREVENTION, TAKING ACTION, AND PROVIDING SUPPORT
The Cédrika Provencher Foundation’s mission is to do everything in its power to prevent other children and their families from suffering the same fate. It strives to take all the necessary measures to innovate in child abduction prevention and devise methods through concrete and effective citizen involvement throughout the world. With the help of citizens of all ages around the world, we want to combine all useful skills and expertise to work toward a common goal, which is to protect our children and provide a quick and efficient response should a similar tragedy strike again.
We must stop child predators by all means possible through increased cyber surveillance and tightened security in areas frequented by our children. Our priority is to reach these young people who are easy prey. With their help and yours, we can change people’s mentality and stop child predators.
Should an abduction occur despite all our prevention efforts, we want to be ready to take action, at the family’s request and with their consent, by actively participating in search efforts by providing them with professional counselling services and all available support needed.
We also want to offer families a calm environment where they can de-stress while they continue the search and prepare to welcome their child back. All this will be done with one goal in mind: the protection and well-being of children.
Henri Provencher, President
P.O. Box 1213, Trois-Rivières (Quebec) Canada G9A 5K8
Tel: 819 840 8519