Vancouver park board commissioner Constance Barnes issued the following statement today (June 10):
I have made a serious mistake. On May 23, 2009 I was charged with driving a vehicle under the influence of alcohol.
I was returning home from an afternoon at Iona Beach in Richmond and was arrested and charged by the Vancouver Police Department around 11pm. I do not intend to challenge this charge. The police arrested me outside of a home in South Vancouver where I had fallen asleep at the wheel and hit a residential home. No-one was injured in this incident, however there was damage to the property.
I take full responsibility for my actions and acknowledge my lack of judgment.
This incident follows a time of deep personal struggle, for which I am now receiving support. I have enrolled in Alcoholics Anonymous and I am seeking out other professional support to assist me through this time.
I would like to apologize to my family, friends, colleagues and to the citizens of Vancouver for this serious mistake. I am ashamed by my actions and the embarrassment it has caused my family and friends.
I will be taking time over the coming months to tackle my personal challenges.
In order to learn from my mistakes and to restore public confidence, I will be taking a leave from my job and a medical leave from my position as a Vancouver Park Board Commissioner.
I will make myself available to the media on June 10th at 1:15 PM at the SFU Harbour Centre in Room 1520, Barrick Gold Lecture Room.