Victim Services Awards Of Distinction
The Attorney General's Victim Services Awards of Distinction were established in 2006 to honour victims of crime, as well as victim services professionals and volunteers, whose efforts have made a difference in their communities.
The recipients of the 2010 Victim Services Awards of Distinction are:
Victims of Crime:
- Julie Craven's eight year old son, Jared, was murdered by her estranged husband in March 2006. Following that tragedy, she initiated a campaign to ensure that coroner's inquests are held for any child who dies at the hands of a parent who has a prior history with the child welfare and justice systems. That campaign received the support of every member of the provincial legislature and culminated in the unanimous passage of Bill 89 - Kevin and Jared's Law - on October 19, 2006.
- Gwendolyn Broadmore lost her son, Liam, to a homicide in 2005. Her journey through her grief and the criminal justice system prompted her to write a booklet for victims who are involved with the justice system. Grief and the Courts, provides information, resources and support for those affected by crime and offers a first-hand look at grief and grieving.
- Penelope Stallan is a survivor of violence, committed by a stranger, who was found to be Not Criminally Responsible by Reason of Mental Disorder. In 1993, she began studying the law and consulting with the most senior justice officials to allow for victims to be recognized in the mental disorder provisions of the Criminal Code; thereby, including them in Review Board hearings. She submitted legal briefs and testified before the Parliament of Canada. In 2005, after 12 years of work, Bill C-10 received Royal Assent and Ms. Stallan's recommendations for change became law.
Victim Service Providers:
- Yasmin Hussain, Sexual Assault Centre, London, was research coordinator with Intersecting Sites of Violence in the Lives of Girls. This highly successful and innovative arts-based project, offered at sites across Canada, aims to identify and address the vulnerabilities of girls and young women who experience multiple forms of violence. She has mentored diverse groups of girls and young women, teaching them how knowledge can be used to bring about social action and change.
- Sylvie Huntley, a survivor of domestic violence, volunteers with the Barrie & Area Victim Crisis Assistance and Referral Services program. Her personal experience has made her an advocate for others who are rebuilding their lives after this type of abuse. She speaks at public events, seeking to change society's view of issues surrounding abuse by shedding light on domestic violence.
- Penny Fisher, herself a survivor of abuse, has been a member of the Women's Voices for Action Committee since 2007. In 2008, she became a member of the Woman Abuse Council of Toronto and in 2009, the first survivor to join the council's board of directors. While still addressing her own issues, she is a tireless advocate for women and their children.
- The Family Violence Project of Waterloo Region provides an innovative model for agencies and services seeking greater collaboration and coordination in victim services. The project, which got underway in January 2006, hosts 14 agencies and services with 130 professionals, all dedicated to domestic violence intervention and prevention. Front-line workers representing government and non-government agencies work together to support and empower victims and their children, who can access a variety of services all in one place.
- The Guelph-Wellington Women in Crisis agency was started 32 years ago by a group of women who wanted to help victims of sexual violence. It has grown into an organization that provides services to women who have experienced both sexual and physical abuse, allowing them to have most of their needs met by one agency. It has distinguished itself in the community for the leadership it provides on issues of violence against women and children.
- The Sexual Assault Centre for Quinte and District has provided counselling, support and advocacy in Hastings and Prince Edward Counties for almost 20 years for men and women who have survived sexual abuse. Now, its Sexual Assault Residential Healing Centre offers sustained and intensive counselling in a safe residential environment. Participants in this unique new program, pioneered in Canada, report life-changing personal growth and renewed strength to succeed in day-to-day life.