“Robert Pickton made the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver his hunting ground and my sister lived in the Downtown Eastside. Her death affected us profoundly… Rather than sit at home and live with the grief that still follows me, still haunts me I decided that I'll do something” –Ernie Crey
In 2000 Ernie Crey’s 43-year old sister Dawn disappeared from the downtown eastside of Vancouver and then her DNA was discovered on the farm of serial killer Robert Pickton—her body was never found.
Ernie honors the memory of his sister by taking action to help change the circumstances in the Downtown East of Vancouver through ALIVE, the Aboriginal Life in Vancouver Enhancement Society. Ernie is the president of the board of directors and is determined to enhance the well-being of Aboriginal Peoples in Vancouver.