2016 was an extraordinary year for the John Robinson Celebration with 7 awards granted to individuals who have made tremendous contributions to ending violence against women. Recipients were feted at a breakfast celebration held at the Hyland Country Club on November 24th
The Member Award was given to Émilie Crakondji, founder of Carrefour des Femmes, an organization that offers services to Francophone women who have experienced violence. Innovation Awards were granted to Heather Fredin from the London Family Court Clinic, and Lisa Heslop, formerly with the Family Consultant’s Unit of the London Police Service.
Receiving Lifetime Contribution Awards were Mary O’Sullivan of the Elgin Middlesex Detention Centre, Marg McGill of Daya Counselling, Judge Eleanor Schnall of the Ontario Court of Justice, and Constable John McDonald of London Police Service.
Lisa Heslop, John McDonald, Émilie Crakondji, Marg McGill, Eleanor Schnall, Heather Fredin, and Niamh O'Sullivan
who accepted the award on behalf of her mother Mary O'Sullivan
The awards are named after Inspector John Robinson of the London Police Service, and were created to honour his ground-breaking work to end violence against women including the establishment of a mandatory charging policy, a progressive development that was implemented across the country. In recognition for his tenacious spirit, leadership and creativity, the LCCEWA established the award in 1988, with Inspector John Robinson as the first recipient. Click here for more information and a list of past recipients.
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