On Monday, June 11, Algonquin College Victimology students Vanessa Gallant and Melissa Babisky received awards at the Coordinated Victims Assistance Network in Ottawa (CVAN Ottawa) launch and the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding by Mayor Jim Watson, Ottawa Police Chief Charles Bordeleau, and key members of the victims of crime services community. CVAN Ottawa will connect crime services providers, funders, and advocates in the Ottawa region to bridge the gaps between victims of crime and the services they need.
Vanessa Gallant received the Canadian Resource Centre for Victims of Crime – Advocacy Award, given to a graduating student in the Victimology program who embodies a solid work ethic, integrity, cooperation, knowledge, excellence and determination in their student life, academic achievements, and involvement in the community and/or in their practicum. Melissa Babisky received the Victimology Program Student Peer Award, awarded to a graduating student by their peers who has demonstrated passion for their fellow students and victims of crime.
“Receiving the award in the presence of my professors, Mayor Jim Watson, and Ottawa Police Chief Charles Bordeleau was an incredible honour,” says Vanessa Gallant. “I am truly humbled to have been recognized in the presence of so many important players of the victimology community. It is exciting to be entering into a field that depends so heavily on the spirit of community. It gives me hope that we can work together to help move the case for victims of crime forward.”
“I am so thrilled with the support and recognition from our community partners, Chief Bourdeleau, Mayor Watson and victims of crime, in recognizing the student’s achievements in the Victimology Graduate Certificate Program,” says Victimology program Coordinator Ruth Campbell. “These students represent the future leaders in the victim services field.”
Algonquin is the first Canadian college to offer a graduate certificate specializing in Victimology. There is no other broad based program like this in Canada – most other programs focus on specific types of victimization.
Photos from the event can be found here: http://goo.gl/nT32z