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Federal Ombudsman for Victims of Crime Celebrates Graduates from Canada's First-Ever College Victimology Program

OTTAWA, June 20, 2011 - On June 22, 2011, Sue O'Sullivan, Federal Ombudsman for Victims of Crime, will address the inaugural graduating class from Algonquin College's Victimology Program. The Program is the first victimology graduate certificate of its kind offered by a Canadian college and uses hands-on and in-field training to teach students more about victim issues in Canada and how to provide direct assistance to those who need it most.

As keynote speaker for the College's convocation for the School of Hospitality and Tourism, Police and Public Safety Institute, and School of Part-Time Studies, Sue O'Sullivan hopes to share her passion for change and her support for the development of similar programs aimed at helping sensitize students to victims' concerns. "The Victimology Program is such a unique and exciting program," said Ms. O'Sullivan. "The program is building the knowledge and expertise right here in Canada to really make a difference for victims. My Office looks forward to working with these students in their new roles as we continue to identify gaps in the system and to amplify the victims' voices to the federal government."

Coming from varied academic and professional backgrounds, students learn greater awareness for victims' issues as well as the skills and tools to manage effective interventions with victims.

"Victims continue to struggle to get the support they need in Canada. The work these students will be doing is extremely valuable and will change the lives of many people who have been impacted by tragedy," said Sue O'Sullivan. "I have a great respect for the tireless and selfless work of those working in the victim field. The enthusiasm, creativity and expertise these students bring to the field will help bring about meaningful and positive change."

The Office of the Federal Ombudsman for Victims of Crime helps victims to address their needs, promotes their interests and makes recommendations to the federal government on issues that impact victims.

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Media contact

Christina McDonald
Telephone: 613-941-3428
Email: christina.mcdonald@ombudsman.gc.ca