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 2012 John Robinson Awards were presented on November 22nd at the London Music Club. This year’s recipients include Louise Pitre, Executive Director of Sexual Assault Centre London, Sarah Scanlon, formerly with Sexual Assault Centre London, and Joanne Sherin, Executive Director of Madame Vanier Children’s Services.
Recipients Sarah Scanlon, Joanne Sherin and Louise Pitre
Chosen for their exceptional contributions in ending violence against women through activism, advocacy and public education, the recipients have helped to transform the social landscape, push boundaries, engender dialogue, and reach out to marginalized individuals who have experienced sexual violence including adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse, sex trade workers and the lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgendered communities.
The awards, named after Inspector John Robinson of the London Police Service, were created to honour his groundbreaking work to end violence against women including the establishment of a mandatory charging policy, a groundbreaking development that has been 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.
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