• Stephen Lecce, MPP

Ontario Celebrates Recipients of 2021-22 Victim Services Awards of Distinction

TORONTOAttorney General Doug Downey issued the following statement recognizing the recipients of the 2021-22 Victim Services Awards of Distinction:


“The Attorney General's 2021-22 Victim Services Awards of Distinction recognize the remarkable contributions of 16 individuals and organizations who work tirelessly to support people who have experienced victimization due to crime and raise awareness of victims' issues in Ontario.

These dedicated professionals, volunteers and outstanding organizations contribute their energy and compassion to empower survivors and create positive change for victims of crime. In the face of incredible daily challenges, their tireless work to raise awareness of victims’ issues and access to supports helps make Ontario communities better places to be. Our government remains committed to protecting and supporting victims of crime and building safer communities. These awards are an expression of our enduring appreciation of Ontarians’ exceptional achievements in service to victims of crime.

Individual Recipients

  • Cheryl Bagnall – Thunder Bay

  • Daniella Bozur - Hamilton

  • Ryan Clow - Toronto

  • Jeremy Dias – Ottawa

  • Lisa Freeman – Oshawa

  • Kim Maheu – Sarnia

  • Loretta Merritt – Toronto

  • D. Todd Morganstein – Thornhill

  • Frank Parkhouse – St. Catharines

  • Lorraine Rollo – Burlington

  • Steve Teekens – Toronto


Groups and Organizations

  • La Maison: Hébergement pour femmes francophones, Toronto

  • Durham Rape Crisis Centre, Oshawa

  • Sexual Assault Support Program - Victim Services Branch, Hamilton Police Service

  • Survivor Assistant Support Program, Thunder Bay

  • Victim Services of Durham Region, Whitby


I offer my sincere congratulations to each recipient of the 2021-22 Victim Services Awards of Distinction, as well as the teams, networks of support and the communities they represent.”

Quick Facts

  • The Attorney General’s Victim Services Awards of Distinction recognizes the dedication and creativity of professionals and volunteers who serve people who have experienced victimization due to crime and the courageous efforts of individuals who have been personally impacted by crime and are now working to raise the profile of victims’ issues in Ontario, including in Indigenous, northern, and rural communities.

  • For victims of crime, the Victim Support Line is a 24/7 provincewide, toll-free telephone service, providing information and referrals in many languages. The support line can be accessed at 1-888-579-2888, at 416-314-2447 in the Greater Toronto Area or chat online Monday to Friday from 7 a.m. – 9 p.m. Eastern Time.


Additional Resources

  • Learn more about the remarkable contributions of the recipients of the 2021-22 Attorney General’s Victim Services Awards of Distinction


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