The Manitoba government is providing $50,000 for Candace House to support the families of victims going through the criminal justice system.

“Since opening its doors in 2018, Candace House has increased access to justice, and created awareness of the impact of violent crime in our communities for victims and survivors,” said Justice Minister Cliff Cullen. “I’m pleased to announce this support for its services and programs.”

Candace House is the vision of Wilma and Cliff Derksen, who became strong advocates for victims after losing their daughter, Candace, to homicide.

“This funding will ensure that families who have lost a loved one through crime and are navigating the court system have the support they desperately need,” Cecilly Hildebrand, executive director of Candace House. “We are proud to continue partnering with the province in providing this ground-breaking and first-of-its-kind service.”

The agency provides comfort and sanctuary for victims, survivors and loved ones attending court proceedings. It also offers resources and referrals, education and workshops, and other support services.

“In addition to our support, Candace House relies on donations from Manitobans to provide these crucial services. If you are able, please consider supporting this worthy cause,” said Cullen.