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Ms. Win Wahrer (Innocence Canada), “A Quest for Justice: Reflections on Canada’s Wrongfully Convicted and Their Families”, Thursday, October 26th, 2017.
Ms. Wahrer is the Director of Client Services for Innocence Canada and co-founder of Innocence Canada’s predecessor, the Association in Defence of the Wrongfully Convicted (AIDWYC). Ms. Wahrer will speak about the systemic issues that typically give rise to wrongful convictions, and the effects of such convictions not only on the accused, but also on their families.
In 1992 Win founded the Justice for Guy Paul Morin Committee, which reconstituted and became the Association in Defence of the Wrongly Convicted (AIDWYC) in May of 1993. She served on the Board of Directors for seven years and now is the Director of Client Services. Amongst many of the roles that Win provides and maybe the most important of the many; is being the direct contact to the wrongly convicted and their families.
To describe Win as the “heart and soul” of AIDWYC is almost a cliche. Kirk Makin, a reporter for the Globe and Mail wrote that AIDWYC could exist without Win, but it would be lacking an essential cog in the wheel that has helped make it one of the most successful advocacy groups in modern Canadian history.
Win is tenacious and resilient but also very compassionate and loyal. Some call her the mother of justice. When the innocent in jail have almost given up, she gives them a reason to keep hope alive.
Steven Truscott was right when he told us that Win virtually breathes both physically and mentally for her cause.
The wrongly convicted know that it is Win who best understands the devastating impact of wrongful conviction.
Written by Peter Meier (President of AIDWYC from 1993-2004)