Megan Walker Named to the London Police Services Board – London | The Canadian News

Megan Walker, former director of the London Abused Women’s Center, has been appointed to the London Police Services Board, authorities announced Thursday.

Walker will be sworn in on January 4 and was appointed for a two-month term by the province’s attorney general beginning on New Year’s Day, pending the processing of her Order in the Council for a longer appointment. three-year-olds, the board said. He says.

His appointment fills the vacancy left by the resignation of Christine Wellenreiter, who will leave the board as of December 31 to accept another appointment on the provincial board.

“The London Police Services Board welcomes Ms. Walker. She has long been a strong advocate for women. We know that you will bring your experience, passion and strong voice to the Board, ”said Susan Toth, LPSB president, in a statement.

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Walker served as LAWC’s executive director from 1997 until her retirement on August 31, making the organization one that now helps 9,000 women and girls each year.

“Ten years ago, we didn’t have a specific anti-trafficking program, which we have now,” Walker told Global News upon his retirement.

“Ten years ago, women sometimes had to wait for service. We now have a policy that is mandated by our board that this team of ours provide immediate access to service to approaching women and girls. We have made it possible by reaching out to the community. “

It was also during her time as CEO that LAWC launched its now global Shine the Light on Abuse of Women campaign in 2010.

Previously, Walker served two terms as a London City Councilor beginning in 1994, representing District 6 on the council horseshoe and holding positions on various city boards and committees. It was Walker who issued the city’s first Gay Pride Proclamation at city hall alongside his colleague Susan Eagle, the board says.

“Megan Walker has been involved in the London community since the early 1990s when she worked with the Old East Community Association to prevent the Carson Library from closing. He started a literacy program in Carson and worked with the community to raise funds for a walk-in program for kids at the Boyle Community Center, ”a police board statement read.

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Walker’s appointment comes just over a week after Ali Chahbar, general counsel and executive director of the Thames Valley District School Board, was appointed to the LPSB following the departure of board chairman Javeed Sukhera. .

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