In 1991, my father, Roland Slingerland, was murdered in Oshawa, Ontario. For twenty years, I seldom spoke about his murder, or the impact that it had on my life, but that would change in 2012. When attending a panel hearing at a prison in Kingston, Ontario, I was introduced to the room, twice, by full name, in front of the man who killed my father. When I complained that I felt my rights were violated, I was told that I was named because "the Offender has the right to know who was complaining about him."
I knew then I would break my silence, to share my story and to try to bring positive changes to the policies and procedures of the Parole Board of Canada. It has become my mission to re-define the word 'victim' and give victims of crime tools to help amplify their voices.