Attorney General's Victim Services Awards of Distinction
About the award
Each year, the Attorney General's Victim Services Awards of Distinction recognize the exceptional achievement of dedicated professionals and volunteers in the field of victim services, as well as the important work of individual victims.
The awards also encourage the sharing of best practices and unique achievements among victim services professionals and volunteers across the province.
Nominate a person or group
The nomination period is now open.
Download the nomination form.
Detailed instructions that explain how to complete and submit a nomination are included on the forms. For more information, please contact Laura Ostler.
How winners are selected
The completed nomination forms are reviewed by a panel of ministry representatives determined by the Attorney General, and members of the Office for Victims of Crime.
Learn more about this award
Learn more about the award and the people and groups it has honoured since 2007:
Frequently Asked Questions
We established the Attorney General’s Victim Services Awards of Distinction in 2006 to recognize the high quality services and supports that people and organizations provide to victims of crime on a daily basis throughout the province.
We also want to recognize the exemplary efforts of individuals who are personally impacted by crime and have raised the profile of victims' issues in Ontario.
Our government is committed to increasing the effectiveness of victim services across the province. One step in achieving this goal is to help ensure that local agencies know about, and learn from, the successes of exemplary individuals and organizations.
The Attorney General's Victim Services Awards of Distinction provide a valuable opportunity for the people who develop and carry out victim services programs to learn from the experiences of others.
Nominees must be an Ontario resident, and may be:
- individual victims of crime*, their family members, or others personally impacted by crime who have raised the profile of victims’ issues in Ontario
- volunteers who offer their time and personal resources to help victims
- professional practitioners and paid victim services providers who have gone above and beyond their duties while providing support to victims of crime
- programs, groups and organizations that deliver innovative services to victims of crime
There is no age restriction for nominees. Nominations are particularly welcomed for youth who have made exceptional contributions to victim services in their communities.
*Crime means an offence under the Criminal Code (Canada).
The ministry cannot accept self-nominations or nominations for:
- persons with cases currently before the courts
- persons who are not residents of Ontario
- organizations located outside of Ontario
- employees of the Province of Ontario and sworn police officers.
Any Ontario-based organization or Ontario resident may submit a nomination.
The deadline for nominations is midnight, Friday, January 9, 2015. All nominations must be submitted in writing and postmarked by that date.
If you’d like to submit a nomination, you need to complete a nomination form.
Your nomination form must be signed by either the nominee or an authorized representative of the nominated organization.
Detailed instructions that explain how to complete and submit a nomination are included on the form. For more information, please contact Laura Ostler.
Because original signatures are required, faxed or emailed copies of the completed forms will not be accepted.
Please mail or courier your completed nomination form to:
Attorney General's Victim Services Awards of Distinction
Ministry of the Attorney General
18 King Street East, 7th Floor
Toronto, ON M5C 1C4
No, self-nominations will not be accepted. However those who wish to be nominated may wish to seek a sponsor to submit on their behalf.
Ontario residents may be nominated for an award as individuals or as part of larger groups. An individual may not nominate a group if he/she is a member of the group.
No, a person of any age may be nominated. Nominations are especially welcomed for youth who have contributed to victim services in their communities.
Each year, the ministry reaches out to more than 4,000 stakeholders and community groups across the province to announce the call for nominations, and provides information about the awards publicly on the ministry website.
The ministry will only accept nominations if the nominee has consented, in writing, to having his/her name put forward for consideration.
Also, both the nominee and nominator must agree to have their personal information, including name, photograph and other information contained in the application form, released publicly for the purposes of acknowledging a nomination and/or receipt of an award.
No, only the original signed copies of the nomination form, nominee consent form and supporting documents will be accepted. Nominations must be postmarked no later than Friday, December 12, 2014.
Yes, all eligible nominees will be considered for an Attorney General’s Victim Services Award of Distinction.
The Ontario Victim Assistance Award specifically recognizes police services and their contributions to the field of victim services. The award was developed in 2004 through a partnership between the ministry and the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police.
The Attorney General's Victim Services Awards of Distinction are the first in the province to specifically recognize the exceptional contributions individuals, volunteers and community groups make to better serve victims across Ontario.
No, there is no monetary value to the awards.
The cost of the program is very modest. We believe that raising awareness and providing improved services to victims far outweigh the minimal costs involved.