The 2013 John Robinson Awards were presented on November 21 at the London Music Club. This year’s recipients include Darren Couling, former Domestic Violence Coordinator, London Police Service; Kate Wiggins, Executive Director, Women’s Community House; and Joy Lang, Community Liaison Officer, Centre for Research and Education on Violence Against Women and Children.
Recipients Darren Couling, Kate Wiggins and Joy Lang
Chosen for their exceptional contributions in ending violence against women, the 2013 recipients have supported women at their most vulnerable through compassionate and empathetic care for abused women and their families through the criminal justice process, advocacy and responsiveness for women seeking the safety of shelters, and in helping empower women to transition to greater stability and safety in their lives.
The awards, now in their 25th year, are named after Inspector John Robinson of the London Police Service, and were created to honour his ground-breaking work to end violence against women including the establishment of a mandatory charging policy, a progressive development that was implemented across the country. In recognition for his tenacious spirit, leadership and creativity, the LCCEWA established the award in 1988, with Inspector John Robinson as the first recipient. See What We Do for more information and a list of past recipients.
Sponsored by the London Coordinating Committee to End Woman Abuse and the Centre for Research and Education on Violence against Women and Children, the 2013 Workplace Champion celebration was held at Windermere Manor in London on February 15th. A diverse range of workplaces attended including those from the social service sector, hospitality and manufacturing industries, justice partners, among others, all of whom have taken crucial steps to prepare their organizations to respond to domestic violence in the workplace.
Speakers included Margaret Macpherson, a research associate with the Centre at Western University and one of the developers of the Make it Our Business workplace program, and Barb MacQuarrie, Community Director of the Centre and an instrumental part of the Neighbours, Friends & Families and Make it Our Business workplace development and engagement strategies. Featured as well were Steve Pinney of Genfoot Incorporated and Veronica Vanderborght of Thames Valley Children’s Centre, both workplace champions who talked about the tremendous impact of the program and training on their organizations. The event was also attended by a range of federal, provincial and municipal politicians who understand the vital need for this work to create safety at home, work and play. Concluding with a Call to Action, organizations were encouraged to continue their work as leaders in their communities and to build bridges of hope and safety for victims.
The London Coordinating Committee to End Woman Abuse is a network of more than 35 community organizations, dedicated to a compassionate and integrated response to supporting abused women, their children, and their abusive partners through prevention, advocacy, direct supports, justice, policy and research.
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