Other Events

Reaching Youth Through Sports: Trauma-Informed Physical Activity

When: 1:00pm-2:15pm EST, March 7, 2017
Where: Online

This webinar will be focusing on “Do the Good”, a trauma-informed sports intervention program designed by Doc Wayne, a non-profit organization that connects with youth through sports. To register and find out more, click here.

Justice Canada Knowledge Exchange on the Criminal Justice System’s Responses to Sexual Assault Against Adults

When: March 8, 2017, 8:00am – 5:00pm
Where: Hilton Lac-Leamy
3, boulevard du Casino
Gatineau, Quebec

Learn about the current realities of reporting, charging and prosecuting cases of sexual assault against adults in Canada, and promising practices, which aim to strengthen the criminal justice system’s response to such crimes. Register here.

Book Launch: “Victim Law: The Law of Victims of Crime in Canada”

Date: Wednesday, March 29th, 2017
Time: 8:30 am registration; 9-10:30 am event
Venue: Cardus, 45 Rideau Street, 7th Floor, Ottawa, ON

Author, Professor Benjamin Perrin presents his new book, “Victim Law: The Law of Victims of Crime in Canada”, which explores the new Victims Bill of Rights Act and the many ways in which victims of crime intersect with the Canadian criminal justice system. Register here.

Victims of Homicide, Western Canadian Conference

When: ​May 15-16, 2017

The 2017 Victims of Homicide Society is sponsoring the Western Canadian Conference “Touched by Murder”…. Moving Forward – Building Hope. This conference will bring together victims’ families and individuals who will explore the journey and circumstances of those who have been “touched by murder.” Representatives include members of Alberta Justice, Corrections Services Canada, Edmonton City Police, Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Victim Services Advocates, Health Services and Service Agencies, psychologists, professionals as well as victims who have survived the aftermath of murder.

Registration is now OPEN.

Victim Support Europe conference – ‘Victims of Crime: Rights, Needs & Responses’

When: 17 & 18 May 2017
Where: Royal Hospital, Kilmainham, Dublin, Ireland
Cost: Early bird (before 6th March 2017)
VSE members € 225
VSE non-members € 275

The Conference is a major international event which brings together key players working with victims of crime. Between 200 and 250 people attend this event annually from victim support organisations, to NGOs, psychologists, academics, government officials, police, prosecutors, judges and lawyers. The event in your calendar this year will take place in the beautiful 300 year old Royal Hospital in Kilmainham, in Dublin. More info and registration here.

Victims and Survivors of Crime Week: 2017 Federal Symposium

When: May 29, 2017
Where: Calgary, A.B.

The symposium is a day-long event that features workshops and plenary sessions on issues for victims and survivors of crime. Read more info here.

Pathways to Resilience IV

When: June 14-16, 2017
Where: Cape Town, South Africa

The goal of this conference is to focus on the Global South where people are often challenged by double and triple jeopardies.

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.