Your update to the latest news from NSVS – JULY•AUGUST 2018
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1999 - 2019 – Celebrating Caring Response and Victim Support
We are launching our 20th Anniversary celebrations at our Annual General Meeting on the evening of Tuesday, September 25, 2018. Make sure you mark your calendars now and keep an eye out for your official invitation. We look forward to a special get-together as we celebrate our milestones and evolution over the past two decades.
Caring and Dedication Honoured
NSVS Board members Heather Harmer and Brian Adams award Irene (middle) for her 15 years of volunteer service with NSVS. A number of very compassionate and dedicated volunteers were celebrated at the annual recognition event held on June 20. Visit our Facebook page to view more photos.
Embracing Change • Transforming Culture

Thank you to everyone who participated and attended our luncheon on June 1 in recognition of Victims and Survivors of Crime Week (May 27 – June 2), as designated by the Department of Justice Canada.

Embracing change and transforming culture was the theme of the event held at YMCA Geneva Park in Ramara to recognize first responders and volunteers. The theme was brought to life in a compelling and inspiring talk by guest speaker, Corey Walsh. View video; read the media release here; and see photos on Facebook here.

Welcome to our summer student!

We are pleased to introduce Cassidy Thurston as part of the NSVS team for the summer. Originally from Bobcaygen, Ontario, Cassidy is currently a third year student in the Honours Bachelor of Arts & Science - Criminology program at Lakehead University. She will be responsible for helping out with a variety of tasks, including the organization's social media presence and client support. "I'm looking forward to broadening my horizons within the community and learning more about prevention and support strategies," says Cassidy. Welcome to the team, Cassidy!
Community Updates
Being prepared at the beach

Quinlan, Michaela and Nic (l to r) were part of the lifeguard team that took part in a recent emergency management training session.
In June, NSVS on-call volunteers Mike and Faye participated in a mock exercise at Moose Beach as part of the City of Orillia's annual training for lifeguards. As a follow-up, NSVS Executive Director Frances Yarbrough conducted a de-briefing discussion with lifeguards to familiarize them with the potential impact of an emergency and to review the role of Victim Services in providing support.
Having Your Say

As part of our evaluation of services, we have conducted surveys with our volunteers, first responder partners and clients. The findings will help to provide direction for NSVS services and partnerships. The results are currently being compiled and based on the initial review, the information will be extremely helpful. Here is a sneak peek at what you’ve had to say.
• Volunteers reported that the work they do for NSVS not only gives them a moral sense of accomplishment by helping others, but also helps them develop skills they can use in their workplace settings.
• Many volunteers suggested
 improving the access and process for debriefing after a call.
First Responders
• Police officers reported benefiting from having NSVS staff attend briefings and suggested additional connections such as attending NSVS volunteer training.
• Suggestion to simplify the process of email referrals.
• Suggestion for NSVS quarterly newsletters with statistics, as well as phrase cards.
• Services are frequently refused because individual is overwhelmed at time of crisis.
• Suggestion for improved follow-up strategies to ensure connection and offer of service and/or support at a later date.
Thank you to everyone who participated in this important task – your feedback is valuable. We look forward to sharing final results and recommendations once all surveys have been reviewed.
Upcoming Events
July 31 – NSVS will participate in a Mental Health and Safety workshop hosted by the Orillia Downtown Management Board for staff members of Downtown businesses. The workshop will share information and tips on how to deal with crisis situations in a safe and compassionate way. For more information, contact
September 25 – NSVS AGM and launch of 20th Anniversary celebrations.
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