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EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

VICTIM SERVICES OF PEEL

 

Working across Brampton and Mississauga, the Victim Services of Peel is a not-for-profit-organization providing crisis intervention services in support of residents affected by trauma.  The mission of the organization is “build hope and resiliency through 24/7 compassionate and empathetic support.”

Our organization is recruiting for the position of Executive Director.  This position reports to a very engaged volunteer Board of Directors and works cooperatively in a team environment with the Board, staff, police, volunteers, and community representatives.  The Executive Director provides direction and leadership to the organization, including the management of staff and financial resources, and provides strategic leadership to the organization.

Candidates applying for this exciting opportunity should possess a post-secondary degree in Business, Social Work, other related field, or an appropriate combination of education and experience.   Candidates should also possess progressive management/leadership experience in the non profit/charitable sector.  We are looking for a candidate with exceptional communication skills, proven ability to foster teamwork and manage performance, as well as a demonstrated ability to build collaborate relationships both within the organization and with community partners.  Candidates should also be able to demonstrate a high level of emotional intelligence and personal credibility.

Candidates interested in pursing this opportunity are invited to submit a cover letter and resume in confidence on or prior to May 10, 2019, to:

George Vandermey

c/o HCI Consulting Inc.

george.vandermey@hciconsulting.ca

telephone 226-924-4308

Inquiries or questions may also be directed to the above.

 

Victim Services of Peel prides itself in being an inclusive and equal opportunity employer.  Accommodation is available under the Ontario Human Rights Code.

 

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In Spring 2019, Ontario’s Attorney General, the Honourable Caroline Mulroney, met with the ONVSP Executive and thanked them for their positive support.

 

 

 

 

 

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Sudbury Victim Services Host HT Conference

Together with the North East Region OPP, Greater Sudbury Police Service and North Bay Police Service, the Sudbury and Area Victim Services hosted a Northern Ontario Human Trafficking Conference March 5-7 . The conference had various speakers, including survivors of human trafficking, the provincial human trafficking prosecutor, a clinical psychologist, an expert on the neurobiology of trauma, as well as members from law enforcement and the judicial system. The conference was aimed at informing emergency responders, judicial partners and other agencies directly involved with human trafficking

 

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City of Ottawa Proclaims Human Trafficking Awareness Day

 On February 22, Ottawa Victim Services Executive Director Melissa Heimerl and His Worship Mayor Jim Watson were on hand for the official proclamation of Human Trafficking Awareness Day and first ever raising of the flag in the City. Following the flag raising, attendees heard from survivors of human trafficking and participated in a discussion regarding community collaboration

 

 

 

 

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Victim Services of Renfrew County Hosts Sex Trafficking Roundtable

In December, Victim Services of Renfrew County hosted a Sex Trafficking Roundtable Discussion about combatting violence against women and sex trafficking in rural. In attendance was the Honourable Lisa MacLeod, Ontario’s Minister of Children, Community and Social Services and Minister Responsible for Women's Issues, and John Yakabuski, MPP for Renfrew— Nipissing—Pembroke. During her visit, Minister MacLeod announced $1.5 million in funding for rural frontline agencies to increase collaboration, strengthen service delivery, improve culturally relevant supports for Indigenous women, and reduce geographic and transportation barriers. MacLeod’s Ministry will also be working collaboratively with service agencies and partners to enable rural service providers to deliver targeted localized supports and implement projects that build positive outcomes for women living in or from rural communities.

 

 

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Victim Services Niagara Facility Dog Assists Complainant

On February 4, Axel, the two-and-a-half-year-old Labrador retriever facility dog with Victim Services Niagara, made his debut as a calming presence and source of comfort at Ontario Court of Justice in St. Catharines. In court, the Crown brought forward an application asking that Axel be allowed in the courtroom during the testimony of a complainant at the trial of a Niagara Falls man charged with sexual assault. Following a hearing on the application, Judge Tori Colvin said complainants have the right to request "testimonial aids" under the Canadian Victims Bill of Rights and ruled the dog would be permitted to lie near the woman when she testified. A Niagara Regional Police officer testified during the hearing that the complainant appeared anxious during pretrial meetings with the Crown and police. When Axel was brought in to meet her, he told the judge, the woman appeared calmer and more focused. Axel's handler, Pearl Robinson, was delighted by the judge's decision. The black lab joined Victim Services Niagara last fall. There are 39 working facility dogs in Canada supporting victims.

 

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Ontario Network of Victim Service Providers Receives Prestigious Award for
Empowering the Resilience of Victims and Survivors of Crime

 TORONTO, May 31, 2017 – During a ceremony at Queen’s Park today,  the Ontario Network of Victim Service Providers (ONVSP) was honoured  as a recipient of the 2017 Victim Services Award of Distinction. Presented  by the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General, this award recognizes the  exceptional achievements of dedicated professionals and volunteers in  the field of victim services, as well as the important work of individual  victims.

 “Victims and their loved ones need help and support, but they don’t  always know that it’s there for them” said Jade Harper, President of  ONVSP. For over 15 years, the ONVSP has been promoting awareness  and raising the profile of Victim Service providers across the province of Ontario. “If you can assist victims right away you’re starting them on a journey to recovery and resilience, potentially reducing further trauma which also prevents pressure on the system down the road.”

Through collaboration and support, ONVSP’s mission is to utilize the collective skills, experiences and knowledge of a vast range of Victim Services Professionals to preserve, promote and create more meaningful and supportive experiences for victims in Ontario. In turn, its member agencies offer support for victims across the province, who may suffer from various forms of trauma, physical injury, financial loss, emotional injury, and may not know where to turn for help.

By providing resources and support, ONVSP and its member agencies play a key role in making an incredible difference in the lives of people when they need help the most – creating positive change for victims and empowering survivors.

Quick Facts

 

  • May 26 – June 1, 2019 is National Victims and Survivors of Crime Week
     
  • ONVSP consists of 40 victim service provider agencies from across Ontario
     
  • Over 20,000 victims of crime are supported by ONVSP member agencies every year

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Executive Directors of 'Victim Services' speak about their community services to Aruna Papp in 'Family Healing & Mediation' @ TAG TV

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