Ontario Honours Excellence In Victim Services
McGuinty Government Presents Victim Services Awards of Distinction
Ontarians who have shown exceptional commitment to helping victims of crime are being recognized in a ceremony at Queen's Park today.
Eleven individuals and three organizations are receiving the Attorney General's Victim Services Awards of Distinction this year. These awards recognize 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:
- Jim Vince, Chatham
- Jacquie Carr, London
- Catherine Kedziora, London
- Barbara Dupont, Amhurstburg
- Timea Nagy, Hamilton
- Jeremy Dias, Ottawa
- Kim Gibson, Parkhill
- Sparky J, Toronto
- Julie Béchard-Fischer, Timmins
- Yevonne Culligan, Ajax
- Sophia Gran-Ruaz, Mississauga
- Sexual Assault & Violence Intervention Services of Halton, Oakville
- Sexual Assault Survivors Centre Sarnia-Lambton, Sarnia
- Hearing Healing Hope, Owen Sound
- April 10 - 16 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.
- The Victim Support Line is a provincewide, toll-free telephone service providing information and referrals to victims of crime in many languages, toll-free at 1-888-579-2888, or in the Greater Toronto Area, 416-314-2447.
“This year's recipients have proven time and time again that they are committed to doing everything they can to help and support victims across Ontario. Thank you to these outstanding individuals and organizations.”
“This year's recipients are role models, leaders and strong survivors. They prove that courage, compassion and dedication can truly make a difference. The Office for Victims of Crime is proud to participate in this awards program and to recognize victims and volunteers who raise awareness of victims' issues in Ontario.”