Dallas Forbes, whose partner Lamille Harder passed away in February from a fentanyl overdose, was in Nanaimo on Saturday to attend an event in memory of overdose victims. (KARL YU/The News Bulletin)

Memorial event in Nanaimo remembers fentanyl overdose victims

Victims of fentanyl overdose remembered at ceremony at Deverill Park

Victims of the fentanyl crisis were remembered Saturday at Deverill Park.

The Nob Hill Community Association hosted a barbecue, and as part of the event, a pair of memorial trees were unveiled with names of those who died due to overdose.

Dallas Forbes, from Courtenay, lost her partner Lamille Harder on Feb. 23 due to a fentanyl overdose and was in Nanaimo for the event. Forbes has two children, is pregnant with a third child and said it has been a struggle.

“He was found in a van in Cumberland … He’d been there for two days and I was devastated. I really didn’t know what to do. It’s been a struggle over the last four months, but we’re getting by,” said Forbes.

Forbes said she was glad to be at the event, meeting with other people in a similar situation. She is hoping more awareness is raised about the crisis.

Tanya Hiltz, association vice-president, said the event was put on for the homeless and low-income families.

“We did the memorial to help people ease through the pain of losing their loved ones,” Hiltz said.

Hiltz said the trees, as well as a plaque with the names of victims, will be installed at a food forest at Beaufort Park.

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