Nanaimo RCMP victim services said it was surprised and overwhelmed by a $2,000 donation from the Vancouver Island Real Estate Board (VIREB).
Kelly O’Dwyer, a director with the VIREB, presented the cheque to Const. Gary O’Brien, media relations officer for Nanaimo RCMP.
“Nanaimo RCMP Victim Services is very grateful for the generous donation from the VIREB. We truly appreciate their current and past support,” said Cheryl Zapotichny, program manager of victim services.
Victim services provides support and assistance to victims of crime and trauma. Some of the services consist of communicating between police and Crown counsel, providing court updates, accompanying victims to court, explaining the criminal justice system and offering emotional support.
“For someone who has not experienced the criminal justice system, it can be confusing and overwhelming,” Zapotichny said. “We try to demystify the process and empower the victim. At times we are the ‘listening ear’ when others have stepped away.”