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Honouring Excellence in Victim Services

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Honouring Excellence in Victim Services

Ontario Presents Victim Services Awards of Distinction

Ministry of the Attorney General

Ontario is proud to recognize outstanding professionals and volunteers who serve victims of crime.

Eleven individuals and six organizations are receiving the Attorney General's Victim Services Awards of Distinction for 2013. These awards recognize victims of crime whose courage and dedication have raised awareness of victims' issues in Ontario, and organizations, professionals and volunteers that advocate on their behalf.

This year's recipients include:

  • Nancy Chamberlain from Thunder Bay, who led a program for male victims of sexual assault that currently serves 56 First Nation communities.
  • Elizabeth Anne Danowski, an art therapy student who helps victims of domestic violence in Kawartha Lakes and Haliburton heal by expressing their feelings through drawings.
  • Peggy Loyie, a Fort Frances victim services manager and supporter of victims of crime, including youth and Aboriginal survivors of residential schools.
  • The Working Against Violence Everyday (W.A.V.E.) Youth Action Team of 18 high school students in Toronto that created an anti-bullying workshop and presented it to hundreds of elementary school children.

Quick Facts

  • The Attorney General’s Victim Services Awards of Distinction program was started in 2006.
  • Past recipients include Louise Russo, who is now a member of the board of directors for the Office for Victims of Crime.
  • April 21-27, 2013, is National Victims of Crime Awareness Week.

Background Information

Additional Resources

  • Call the Victim Support Line toll-free at 1-888-579-2888 or 416-314-2447 in the Greater Toronto Area to find victim services available in your community.
  • Read about past recipients of the Attorney General’s Victim Services Awards of Distinction.
  • Learn about Ontario’s programs for victims of crime.


“These extraordinary individuals and organizations help victims of crime rebuild their lives. They are a credit to the victim services community across Ontario, and I am proud to recognize them for their tremendous work.”

John Gerretsen

Attorney General

“This year’s recipients are proof that courage, compassion and dedication can truly make a difference. The Office for Victims of Crime is proud to participate in this awards program to help raise awareness of victims’ issues in Ontario.”

Ruth Campbell

Chair of the Office for Victims of Crime

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