John Robinson Award – Melanie

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Melanie with her greatest supporter, husband Al.

Congratulations, Melanie! On Thursday, November 26th, Women’s Community House (WCH) was thrilled to celebrate the achievements and recognition of the 2015 recipients of the John Robinson Award. Our own Melanie Murphy, WCH Finance Manager extraordinaire, was awarded a Lifetime Contribution Award. Melanie shared these words at the awards presentation: “For those of you who know me well, public speaking is not my forte, and believe me, it is not part of my job description. Twenty-seven (27) years ago, I read a small ad in the London Free Press for a Part-Time Bookkeeper. The ad did not give the name of the organization, address or phone number, just a post office box to reply to. Back in those days, this information was not given out [by WCH] in order for women and children to have a safe place to come to on Maitland Avenue. Twenty-seven (27) years later, WCH operates two shelters (Wellington & Clarke), one 25-unit apartment building (Second Stage Housing) and a small social enterprise (MINE101) located in the Bellwood Plaza. It has been an amazing 27 years. WCH provides excellent service for the abused women and children who access our services. I have had the privilege of working with incredibly dedicated, hardworking, committed volunteers, staff, management and Board members. In 162 days I retire (but who is counting), and honestly, I will miss you. Keep up the good work and thanks for being there. Thank you also to LCCEWA for this amazing award.” The John Robinson Award is an award given by LCCEWA in honour of the late Inspector John Robinson of the London Police Service. John was a pioneer in the area of domestic violence. A founding member of the LCCEWA, John was a strong anti-violence advocate who worked tirelessly to establish policy and training for the London Police Service to end violence against women. A skilled collaborator, John was the driving force behind establishing the LPS mandatory charge policy – a policy which would later become a provincial directive. This award recognizes individuals and agencies that capture John’s tenacious spirit, showing leadership, creativity and dedication to ending violence against women. Thank you, Melanie! Your commitment to WCH over the past 27 years has truly helped those that we serve take steps to a life free from violence and fear.
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Melanie with other award recipients