Fifteen remarkable individuals and organizations from across the province received the Attorney General's Victim Services Awards of Distinction today for their outstanding work on behalf of victims of crime in Ontario.

The Victim Services Awards of Distinction recognize the exceptional achievements of dedicated professionals, organizations and volunteers working to raise awareness of victims' issues, advocate on their behalf and provide support when victims need it the most.

Some of the individuals and groups receiving awards this year include:

  • Debra Fowler, the survivor of a near-fatal assault who became a passionate activist for domestic violence victims in her community
  • Casandra Diamond, who is the founding director of BridgeNorth Newmarket, an organization dedicated to restoring the value and dignity of trafficked women 
  • Distress Centres' Survivor Support Program of Toronto, which offers specialized support to people affected by suicide or homicide and has many volunteers who have been affected by homicide or suicide themselves.

Attorney General Yasir Naqvi presented the awards to all 15 recipients at a ceremony today at Queen's Park.