Honouring Excellence in Victim Services
Ontario Congratulates Victim Services Awards of Distinction Recipients
Ontario is honouring those whose work helps victims of crime rebuild their lives at a ceremony at Queen's Park today.
The Attorney General's Victim Services Awards of Distinction for 2014 are being presented to 14 individuals and five organizations. 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:
- Cristina and André Duchesneau, who established the Danielle Duchesneau Fund following the tragic death of their daughter, to provide legal and safety planning support to women who are victims of violence in Kingston.
- Roseanna Hudson from Thunder Bay, who has provided culturally appropriate victim services for people from First Nations communities for more than 25 years.
- Steve Oliver, a member of the board of Kawartha/Haliburton Victim Services, who has volunteered more than 10,000 hours to support victims of crime.
- Gregg Thomson from Oakville, whose son was killed in a car crash, has worked to bring drug-impaired driving to the forefront of public attention, and volunteers as chair of the MADD Canada board of directors.
- Stephen Tooshkenig, a survivor of childhood assault and now a professional golfer and youth co-ordinator of the new Bkejwanong Youth Facility of Walpole Island First Nation, who has shared his story of healing across the continent and dedicated his life to advocating for victims of violence and helping youth.
- April 6-12, 2014, is National Victims of Crime Awareness Week.
- The Attorney General’s Victim Services Awards of Distinction program was started in 2006.
- The Victim Support Line is a provincewide, toll-free telephone service providing information and referrals to victims of crime in many languages at 1-888-579-2888, or in the Greater Toronto Area, 416-314-2447.
- The online victim services directory helps victims of violent crimes, including homicide, assault, domestic violence, sexual assault, elder abuse, hate crimes and human trafficking, find services available in communities across Ontario.
“This year’s award recipients demonstrate courage and commitment on a daily basis by helping victims of crime to rebuild their lives. I am thankful for their efforts and for this opportunity to congratulate and recognize them as excellent role models for us all.”
“The Office for Victims of Crime is proud to participate in this awards program to help raise awareness of victims’ issues in Ontario. The tireless dedication of these exceptional individuals and organizations is truly inspiring and provides invaluable support to victims of crime.”