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In 1987, Victim Crisis Assistance & Referral Services (VCARS) began as pilot projects in Ontario. These programmes were established and funded in the province as a joint project by the Ministry of the Solicitor General and Correctional Services and the Ontario Women's directorate. The three pilot projects were designated in Kingston, serving Frontenac County; Sault Ste. Marie, serving Algoma County; and Brantford serving Brant County.
Victim Assistance Services of Oxford County
August 29, 1997
  • Police introduce the idea of VCARS.
  • Information Session arranged.
  • All Services in Oxford County invited
October 8, 1997
  • Guest speaker Valerie Goodbrand.
  • Overview of VCARS.
  • Questions and Answers.
  • Volunteers for the Steering Committee were requested.
December 1997
  • Members volunteered for executive positions.
  • Information packages reviewed.
  • Bylaws & Objectives sub-committees were established.
February 1998
  • Suggestion to change VCARS name.
  • Funding committee formed
March 1998
  • Presentation be Sherry Macdonald from Haldimand Norfolk VCARS.
  • Letters to Optimist Clubs, Legions and Moose Family Centre requesting funding.
April 1998
  • Worked on Goals and Objectives.
  • Donation of $200.00 Brownsville Optimist Club.
  • Personnel Committe formed.
  • Disaster Plan discussed.
May 1998
  • VCARS presentation at Police week conference.
  • Adopted name VASOC.
  • Discussed registration with Revenue Canada as a charitable organization.
June 1998
  • Donation of $200.00 from Southwest Township COPS committee.
  • Open account at Bank of Montreal.
  • Donation of $200.00 from Norwich Optimist.
  • Logo developed.
August 1998
  • Letter of intent drafted.
  • Barbeque/Car wash fundraiser, $1,500 raised.
September 1998
  • Funding Committee met with Donna Lunn.
  • Assistance received for writing of proposals.
  • Participation in CAPRO Conference.
  • Community Report Card started.
April 2001
  • Incorporated as a non-profit agency
April 2001
  • Incorporated as a registered charity.
August 2001
  • First volunteers complete training.
September 2001
  • Grant received from the Ministry of the Attorney General.
January 2002
  • Hired Executive Director.
March 2002
  • Hired Program Coordinator.
May 2002
  • Spring training for new volunteers.
July 2002
  • Victim Assistance Services of Oxford County hosts Volunteer Graduation and Introduction of Program.
  • Victim Assistance Services of Oxford County's Website hits the World Wide Web.

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