Justice Canada 2018 Excellence in Victim Service Award

It is our pleasure to announce that Ms. Tracy Porteous, Executive Director of the Ending Violence Association of British Columbia (BC), is the recipient of the Justice Canada 2018 Excellence in Victim Services Award.

The Justice Canada Excellence in Victim Service Award is a way for the Government of Canada to recognize an individual who has empowered victims and survivors of crime, inspired service providers, and achieved meaningful change that has improved the experiences of Canadians who have been touched by crime.

This year, Justice Canada undertook a public nomination process. An arm’s length selection committee reviewed the nominee applications. Mr. Marco Mendicino, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, presented the award to Ms. Porteous at the Victims and Survivors of Crime Week Federal Symposium on May 28, 2018, in Gatineau, Quebec.

Tracy Porteous exemplifies the criteria that this award was designed to recognize: she empowers victims of gender-based violence by advocating for their needs and has made considerable efforts to support those from marginalized populations; she inspires other service providers in BC and across Canada through her leadership and dedication to ending gender-based violence and through the development of numerous training resources and initiatives; and she has achieved meaningful change for victims of crime in Canada by breaking down social and systemic barriers, raising awareness, and improving cross-sector coordination to increase the safety of women and girls.

Ms. Porteous is the Executive Director of the Ending Violence Association of BC, a Provincial Association that supports over 300 anti-violence programs and initiatives across BC that specialize in responding to sexual assault, domestic violence, child abuse, and criminal harassment. She is the Co-Chair of the Ending Violence Association of Canada, the national entity that assisted the Canadian Football League on the development of its national Violence Against Women Policy. She is also a Registered Clinical Counsellor who for 35 years has been actively involved in a leadership capacity developing tools and resources, programs and policy, collaborative strategies, and delivering training in many sectors related to sexual assault, intimate partner violence, and child abuse.

In 2011, Ms. Porteous was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Child and Youth Representative of BC, Mary Ellen Turpel LaFond, after launching the ground breaking “Be More Than A Bystander: Break the Silence on Violence Against Women” campaign with the BC Lions Football Club. In 2012, she attended the United Nation’s 57th Commission on the Status of Women in New York as an official delegate from Canada and spoke at a global session about prevention of violence against women. She is also a three time Governor General of Canada medal recipient, the most recent in 2014 where she was honored with a Governor General medal in recognition of the Persons Case for “exemplary contributions towards the equality of women in Canada”.

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