Recipients of 2016 Victim Services Awards of Distinction honoured

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Representative file picture from SJA Canada: St. John Ambulance Therapy Dog “Igor Pugdog” at a meeting.The St. John Ambulance Support Dog Project at the Newmarket Courthouse is one of the award recipients. The dogs at Newmarket are Boss, Pugsley and China.

Ontario on Thursday  honoured 15 individuals and organizations dedicated to helping victims of crime.

During a ceremony at Queen’s Park, Ontario recognized victims of crime who have worked to raise awareness of victims’ issues across Ontario, as well as the organizations, professionals and volunteers that provide support for victims and advocate on their behalf.

Madeleine Meilleur, Attorney General, said:”I am inspired by the dedication shown by today’s recipients as they have worked to make a difference in the lives of victims. We all have a responsibility to help make Ontario a place where each and every one of us can live in safety, and these individuals and organizations work tirelessly, selflessly and with incredible courage.”

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Ruth Campbell, Chair of the Office for Victims of Crime, said:”I would like to express my sincerest admiration and appreciation for this year’s award recipients. Their commitment to advancing victims’ issues in Ontario illustrates the true nature of a giving spirit, and shows what outstanding results can be achieved when we all work together.”

Some of the recipients of this year’s Attorney General’s Victim Services Awards of Distinction include:

  • Julie-Jeanne Latrémouille, who escaped a physically abusive relationship and became the coordinator of Ottawa’s Comité Réseau, an organization of French-speaking women fighting violence against women.
  • The Child Advocacy Centre of Simcoe/Muskoka, whose child-friendly approach has had a tremendous impact on community response to child abuse and neglect.
  • Shelley Gilbert, the coordinator of a social work service for Legal Assistance Windsor who is making a difference in the fight against human trafficking.
  • Embrace Her With Love Collective of Ohsweken that works to end violence against Indigenous women and girls as a way to honour the lives of the murdered or missing women of Six Nations.
  • St. John Ambulance Support Dog Program that gives victims of child abuse and sexual assault the option of having a highly-trained comfort dog accompany them when they attend court at the Newmarket courthouse.
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May 29 – June 4, 2016 is National Victims and Survivors of Crime Week.

The Attorney General’s Victim Services Awards of Distinction program 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 victim services online service directory helps victims of violent crimes find services available in communities across Ontario. See Recipients list on next page:

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  1. Unfortunately, your facts are incorrect about the St. John Ambulance Therapy pug who received this award – it was not “Igor Pugdog” from London, rather, it was “Pugsley” from Markham

    1. Hi, the picture is a representational image. The caption has been corrected. Thanks for pointing out the name of the wonderful dog.