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Canada's new Federal Ombudsman for Victims of Crime, Sue O'Sullivan, begins term
OTTAWA (Ontario), August 16, 2010 — Sue O'Sullivan today began her appointed term as Canada's new Federal Ombudsman for Victims of Crime. The Office, established in 2007, helps victims of crime and their families.
"I am both humbled and honoured to have been chosen to lead an office with the important responsibility of giving victims a voice," explained O'Sullivan.
"This is such a unique opportunity to use my hands-on experience in law enforcement and all that I've learned from the victims we assisted to make a difference for all Canadians. For me, it's a chance for my work to come full circle and help those who are most affected by crime – the victims."
Prior to her appointment, O'Sullivan held the position of first-ever female Deputy Chief of Police in Ottawa, where she was recognized for her leadership both within the service and in the community. O'Sullivan's honours include the Governor General's Officer of the Order of Merit of the Police Forces Award, the Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal, the Governor General's Exemplary Service Medal and the House of Commons Leadership Award. During her time with the service O'Sullivan was also instrumental in developing new programs that would enhance support and services for victims.
Under her direction, O'Sullivan says the Office will continue to ensure the federal government meets its commitments to victims and that victims' voices are heard.
"The Government of Canada has made victims of crime a priority, and we will continue to contribute to that important work by helping victims directly and by actively promoting positive, system-wide 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 negatively impact victims.