Ontario Celebrates Recipients of 2021-22 Victim Services Awards of Distinction
TORONTO — Attorney 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.
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.”
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.
Learn more about the remarkable contributions of the recipients of the 2021-22 Attorney General’s Victim Services Awards of Distinction