Honouring Front Line Providers Of Victim Services
McGuinty Government Recognizes 2012 Victim Services Awards Of Distinction
Ontario honoured those whose work helps victims of crime rebuild their lives in a ceremony at Queen's Park today.
This year's Victim Services Awards of Distinction honoured 13 individuals and three organizations for their exceptional dedication and commitment to helping victims of crime and their families, either through advocacy or the delivery of front-line services. Many of the recipients are themselves survivors of violent crime or have been touched by crime at some point in their lives.
This year's recipients include:
- Leanne Prendergast, a 17-year-old victim of teen bullying who is fighting back through education and awareness
- The Agoro family, founders of the Dapo Agoro Foundation For Peace
- Elder abuse crusader Tammy Rankin
- Dr. Mohammed Baobaid, leading domestic violence researcher and founder of the Muslim Resource Centre for Social Support and Integration
- Boost Child Abuse Prevention & Intervention, a Toronto-based agency that is playing a key role in the Province's Internet Child Exploitation Strategy.
- April 22 to 28 is National Victims of Crime Awareness Week.
- The Victim Services Awards of Distinction were established in 2006 to recognize outstanding professionals, volunteers and organizations that serve victims of crime and their families, as well as individuals who are working to raise the profile of victims' issues in the province.
- Nominations are reviewed by a selection panel that includes members of the Office for Victims of Crime.
“In times of crisis, it's critical that victims of crime and their families have someone to turn to and somewhere to go for help. These exemplary individuals represent just a few of the thousands of dedicated and courageous volunteers, professionals and organizations working to make our communities safer, kinder places to live.”
“The Office for Victims of Crime is honoured to bear witness to the accomplishments of these talented and compassionate award recipients, whose tireless dedication provides invaluable support to victims, and continues to make a positive difference in their lives.”