Ontario Honours Excellence In Victim Services
McGuinty Government Presents Victim Services Awards of Distinction
Ontarians who help victims of crime rebuild their lives were recognized in a ceremony at Queen's Park today.
Six individuals and three organizations are receiving Victim Services Awards of Distinction this year. These awards recognize both victims of crime whose courage and dedication have raised awareness of victims' issues in Ontario, and volunteers, professionals and organizations that advocate on their behalf.
This year's recipients are:
- Julie Craven, Brantford
- Gwendolyn Broadmore, Unionville
- Penelope Stallan, London
- Yasmin Hussain, London
- Sylvie Huntley, Midland
- Penny Fisher, Toronto
- Family Violence Project of Waterloo Region, Kitchener
- Guelph-Wellington Women in Crisis, Guelph
- Sexual Assault Centre for Quinte and District, Belleville
- April 18-24 is National Victims of Crime Awareness Week.
- The Attorney General's Victim Services Awards of Distinction were started in 2006 to honour victims of crime and those who provide them with services and supports.
- Ontario's Domestic Violence Court Program is the most comprehensive program of its kind in Canada.
- The Internet Child Exploitation (ICE) Counselling Program provides counselling for children who are survivors of Internet sexual exploitation and offers help to family members.
- Female survivors of sexual assault can access a variety of services from community-based Sexual Assault/Rape Crisis Centres.
“The accomplishments of these remarkable individuals and organizations are an inspiration to all Ontarians. They provide excellent role models for the many thousands of people across the province who dedicate their time and effort to helping victims of crime.”
“The Office for Victims of Crime is proud to participate in this awards program to recognize the accomplishments of these talented and compassionate award recipients, who provide valuable support to victims of crime.”