Nominated by: Ottawa Coalition to End Violence Against Women (OCTEVAW)
Sunny Marriner has been working as an advocate, activist, trainer, frontline support worker, researcher, consultant, and community leader on issues relating to Violence Against Women in Canada for 20 years. As the founder of Ottawa’s first support and outreach program for young marginalized and criminalized survivors of sexual violence, Sunny has provided thousands of hours of support and advocacy to young women survivors of violence and state intervention, including homeless and “street-involved” girls; those in group homes, custody facilities, detention and prison; sex workers and sexually exploited girls; those experiencing addictions; pregnant and parenting young. As Executive Director of the Ottawa Rape Crisis Centre, Sunny mobilizes an organization providing support and advocacy to survivors of sexual violence while advancing community development and education around issues relating to sexual violence, marginalization and women’s equality. Sunny’s focus over 20 years has been law reform in criminal justice treatment of sexual assault. In particular she is a Canadian expert in implementation of the Philadelphia Model of VAW Advocate Case Review to ensure thorough police investigations, and accountability in reported Violence Against Women cases.