Honouring Excellence In Victim Services

    McGuinty Government Calls For Award Nominations During Victims Awareness

    TORONTO, April 30 /CNW/ -


    Ontario is calling for nominations for awards that honour the
accomplishments of people who help and support victims of crime.
    Nominations for the Attorney General's Victim Services Awards of
Distinction will be accepted from now until September 18, 2009. Both
individuals and groups in Ontario may be nominated by any person or
organization in the province.

    The awards will recognize excellence and exceptional achievement in any of
the following:
    -   Victims and other individuals personally impacted by crime who have
        raised the profile of victims' issues in the province
    -   Service providers who deliver exceptional services to victims of
    -   Field practitioners who develop and implement innovative victim
        service programs and projects
    -   Volunteers who give of their time and personal resources to help
    -   Youth who dedicate time and effort to support victims in their


    "We want to honour victims of crime who have courageously forged a better
future for themselves, their families and their communities. We also want to
recognize the dedication and exceptional achievements of the professionals and
volunteers who serve victims."
    - Chris Bentley, Attorney General


    -   April 26 - May 2 is National Victims of Crime Awareness Week.
    -   Nominations will be reviewed by a selection panel consisting of
        members of the victim services community, staff from the Ministry of
        the Attorney General and members of the Office for Victims of Crime.
    -   The awards program was established in 2007. It recognizes outstanding
        accomplishments and helps ensure that local victim services agencies
        know about, and learn from, the successes of exemplary individuals
        and organizations.


    E-mail or talk to someone to find out how you can volunteer
(http://www.volunteer.ca/index.php?q=en/volcan/vol-centres/locations/on) to
help victims of crime in your community, through Ontario Volunteer Centres.
    Read about last year's award recipients
    Find the victim services
(http://www.attorneygeneral.jus.gov.on.ca/english/ovss/FindHelp.asp) available
in your area.

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For further information:

For further information: Jessica Bishop, Minister's Office, Ministry of
the Attorney General, (416) 326-3266; Brendan Crawley, Ministry of the
Attorney General, Communications Branch, (416) 326-2210

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