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Summer update from the office

Confucius said, “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” At the Canadian Resource Centre for Victims of Crime, we honestly feel so fortunate to do this work. We are inspired every day by our clients’ resilience and overcoming. Despite the violence and trauma they have endured, survivors can and do find healing and wellness.

Summertime is usually a little quieter around the office. The federal and provincial governments are on summer recess and people across the country are getting outside to enjoy the weather while they can. Many service providers are on holidays and taking a reprieve from their busy schedules, which is a good thing. Rest is important.

As we gear up for the fall and the buzz that comes with back to school, we are always thinking about improving our services. Ensuring that we offer trauma- and violence-informed services is so key. Part of this work has been to start a peer support group for family members of homicide victims in the Ottawa area. Partnering with the Ottawa Police Victim Crisis Unit, we are now offering a monthly drop-in group where families can connect with others who truly understand their feelings and experiences. Seeing the support these survivors offer each other has been inspiring.

We also continue to search for ways to reach and serve victims using technology. In late 2017,  we added live chat capability to our website and hope to eventually add texting support as well. Offering live chat support online during the evenings has allowed us to reach more victims and those who may hesitate to call a helpline for various reasons. As always our goal is to help victims’ access support and provide information to assist them to navigate the criminal justice system.

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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.