Loading...

Chief Mark Saunders speaks about the importance of donating to Victim Services Toronto

14 views

Loading...

Loading...

Transcript

The interactive transcript could not be loaded.

Loading...

Rating is available when the video has been rented.
This feature is not available right now. Please try again later.
Uploaded on Nov 15, 2019

Chief Mark Saunders thanked Victim Services Toronto for the outstanding work they do as the only agency in the city that provides immediate crisis trauma to victims of crime and sudden tragedy at the annual Chief's Gala on November 19.
He also shared a personal story from his days working in Homicide when VST didn’t exist and he was the lead investigator in a case involving a young boy’s mother who was murdered by his father.
“There was no support and all I could do was provide the boy with a teddy bear and say I will see you at the preliminary inquiry because I have to do interviews and conduct a criminal investigation,” said Saunders. “Victims matter and they can be forgotten really easily if there is not an entity that puts that at the forefront.”
Attended by an event-high 1,300 guests, a record $674,420.38 was raised at last year’s gala, more than doubling the previous best of $301,533.54 raised in 2017.
Last year, it cost $316 to operate VST’s programs and services.
A total of 23,604 victims were helped of which 8,498 were children and youths. Through the Case Management Program, 2,673 victims were assisted which is a 30 per cent increase from 2017.
VST is staffed by about 50 people in full and part-time roles and supplemented by 200 volunteers who speak 35 different languages.
The organizations provides crisis services 24 hours, 365 days.
Ontario Premier Doug Ford, Attorney General Doug Downey, Toronto Police Services Board members Jim Hart and Mayor John Tory and former Boston, New York City and Los Angeles Police Chief Bill Bratton addressed the audience.

Loading...

to add this to Watch Later

Add to

Loading playlists...