Ashton James Dickson Memorial Fund

On June 26, 2017, 25-year old Ashton Dickson was shot and killed at the Mingle Room Bar on Rideau Street in Ottawa. Ashton was a wonderful man, a superior athlete, and loving friend. He had the highest personal ethics and was loved by everyone who knew him. He stood up for his friends and the underdog. He had a strong sense of integrity and wanted everyone to be treated with kindness and compassion.

Ashton had dreams of playing professional football in the CFL. He was an All Canadian running back with the X-Men at StFX University in Antigonish, Nova Scotia, finishing his university career there as the school’s all-time leader in rushing yards. The the 2017 X-Men season will be dedicated to the memory of Ashton. He did not deserve to die the way he did.

Ashton was left bleeding in the street after an altercation in the bar and sadly succumbed to his injuries. His senseless homicide has left an enormous void in his family and the community. The Ottawa Police have not yet laid charges in this case. The Dickson family wants more than anything for those with any information related to Ashton’s death to come forward. They fear for public safety given what has happened. Each murderer who is not caught is walking the streets, free to kill again.

It is difficult to live with the knowledge that someone responsible for Ashton’s deliberate, violent death is at large. The family lacks answers to what happened or why. The impact of Ashton’s murder remains an open emotional wound. Without an arrest in the case, the family is left searching for answers, they may lose faith in the justice system or trust that the investigation is ongoing. It may be more difficult to deal with issues such as regaining a sense of control and safety in their lives.

In order to make meaning of Ashton’s untimely passing and to give back to the Ottawa community, Ashton’s family is collecting donations in order to help underprivileged youth from 12-18 years old have access to sport. Funds donated to the CRCVC – Ashton James Dickson Memorial Fund will be earmarked to help young athletes in financial need to play club level football in the Ottawa area. Thank you for supporting young football players in Ashton’s memory.

2019 Memorial Fundraiser:

 

Please use the form below to donate to the Ashton James Dickson Memorial Fund:

My name is Donna McCully.

It was always our wish to live in Jamaica in our dream home. So, in August 2012, my husband Sedrick Levine and I left Canada to move into our new home. We were thrilled to finally be starting the next chapter in our lives, in Sedrick’s beloved homeland. He bought a little bus and planned to operate tours for visitors to the island. I was helping him run this business venture, as part of our semi- retirement in Jamaica.

My life as I knew it was suddenly shattered when two masked men broke into our home on Sunday, November 17, 2013. Sedrick struggled with the men, allowing me to flee upstairs to call the police. His actions saved my life that day, and that of my father and his housekeeper, who were visiting us at the time. One of the masked intruders chased me upstairs and kicked in the bathroom door, but he stopped when he heard a gunshot from downstairs.

My husband Sedrick was killed that day and the men fled our home with a laptop. The Jamaican police have not yet found these men or charged them with killing my beloved husband. Their motive remains unknown.

This crime has completely changed my life. I suffer from Post-traumatic Stress Disorder now and have depression as a result. I came back to Canada, but I feel very isolated since this happened. These emotional scars may never heal.

I managed to find the Canadian Resource Centre for Victims of Crime by searching online one day. I didn’t know where to turn for help when I came home to Canada. The CRCVC has provided me with a lot of emotional support, which has been tremendously helpful. They’ve also written numerous letters to Jamaican officials seeking justice for Sedrick, as well as intervening with Canadian officials on my behalf. The office also helped connect me to a trauma therapist for counselling sessions too.

In order to try and make sense of what happened to Sedrick, it is my hope that others could support the work of the Canadian Resource Centre for Victims of Crime. There are so many other victims/survivors out there who also need their assistance.