This past week, the province paid tribute to the role Saskatchewan’s Victim Services program staff and volunteers play in helping victims of crime.
Victims and Survivors of Crime Week took place in Saskatchewan — it coincided with the national victims week.
Dwight Lawrence, the Acting Director of the Victims’ Services Branch, said there are roughly 180 police-based victim services volunteers who helped nearly 94-hundred people in Saskatchewan.
“Those people that accept the challenge and serve as volunteer victim support workers in those police based victim services programs across the province make an incredible difference. It’s challenging work, it’s rewarding work and they’re very carefully selected,” Lawrence told 620 CKRM.
Lawrence also said, while last week was an opportunity to raise awareness about the needs of victims of crime and tragedy, it also recognized the role Victim Services program staff and volunteers play in the recovery process.
Earlier this month, Justice Minister Gordon Wyant hosted a luncheon honoring long-term volunteers.