Department of Justice Canada

Department of Justice Canada

June 21, 2010 11:36 ET

Minister of Justice Names New Federal Ombudsman for Victims of Crime

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 21, 2010) - The Honourable Rob Nicholson, P.C., Q.C., M.P. for Niagara Falls, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, today announced that Sue O'Sullivan has been appointed to the position of Federal Ombudsman for Victims of Crime.

"Our Government continues to take action to ensure victims have a strong voice in the criminal justice system" said Minister Nicholson. "Today I am proud to announce Canada's new Federal Ombudsman, Sue O'Sullivan – a well known leader in the police community. I have confidence that Sue will be that strong voice for victims and help ensure their needs are addressed."

In 2007, the Government of Canada created the Office of the Federal Ombudsman for Victims of Crime to serve as an independent resource for victims in Canada. The Ombudsman's role is to ensure the federal government meets its commitments; to promote access to existing government programs and services; and to identify and explore systemic and emerging victim issues. The Office operates at arm's length from the federal departments responsible for victim issues, namely the Department of Justice and the Department of Public Safety. The provinces and territories continue to be the primary providers of victim services.

"Our Government believes that the rights of criminals should not come ahead of the rights of victims and law-abiding Canadians," concluded Minister Nicholson. "We will continue taking action to help ensure the justice system hears, respects and empowers those who have been victimized by crime."

In 2007, the Government of Canada committed $52 million to further assist federal, provincial and territorial governments respond more effectively to the needs of victims of crime. This year's federal Budget provided additional funding of $6.6 million over 2 years.

This appointment is effective August 16th, 2010. For more information on the Federal Ombudsman of Victims of Crime, please visit http://www.victimsfirst.gc.ca/

Internet: www.canada.justice.gc.ca (Version française disponible)

BACKGROUNDER

Biography of Sue O'Sullivan, B.A., O.O.M - Federal Ombudsman for Victims of Crime

Sue O'Sullivan has worked with and advocated for victims of crime since her career in policing began in May, 1981. Throughout her career she has served in a variety of areas such as: Patrol, Criminal Investigative Services and Operations Support. For the past four years, Sue has served as Deputy Chief of Police in the Ottawa Police Service. 

Throughout her career, Sue has continually advocated to increase the efficiency of services to victims, recently working with stakeholders from the victim services community representing all three levels of government to develop the "Coordinated Victim Assistance Program."

Sue is a dynamic member of the community, participating on the Council for Advancement of Big Sisters Big Brothers Ottawa, the Board of the Dave Smith Youth Treatment Centre, Success by Six and the Children's Wish Foundation Ottawa Chapter. Sue is the recipient of the Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal, the YMCA-YWCA Women of Distinction Award (Public Sector Award) and the House of Commons Ottawa-Centre Community Leadership Award. In 2006, her Excellency the Governor General of Canada appointed her an Officer of the Order of Merit of the Police Forces. 

Sue holds a B.A. in Law and Sociology with a subtitle in Criminology and Corrections from Carleton University and is a graduate of the Police Leadership Program (OACP and th e University of Toronto). Sue is the proud mother of two children, Katie and Jonathan. She is proficient in French.

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