A year has passed, but it hasn’t done much to heal Gabe Batstone, still gripped with the loss of his eight-year-old daughter Teagan.
“It’s been one year, and obviously a difficult year, a year you wouldn’t want to wish on anyone.”
Out of the pain, there has been some action from Gabe Batstone.
Since his daughter was found dead in the trunk of a car in Surrey, he’s started Teagan’s Voice which wants to improve Canada’s child protection laws.
“Candidly the first few months is mostly mourning. I don’t usually say recovery, because I don’t think you ever do really recover from something like this. There’s a new normal. But I think out of that mourning, my wife and I started to think we had to do more, and help other people in this situation.”
1 year later but we never forget the humanity, beauty and spirt of Teagan Batstone. Read the blog post by @gabebatstone on our web page.
— Teagan's Voice (@Teagans_Voice) December 10, 2015
Gabe says B-C children’s watchdog Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond has done yeoman’s work in her role and would welcome more resources added.
“Is it possible to put more teeth? It’s one thing to identify the gaps, it’s another to rectify them.”
Batstone says he’s waiting on the federal Liberals to follow through on their election promise to appoint a national children’s commissioner.
Teagan’s mother Lisa Batstone has been charged with second-degree murder.