This premier award honours the extraordinary lifetime contribution and commitment by a practitioner, volunteer or group to crime prevention and community safety. The award was established in honour of Anthony J. Hulme for his role as a pioneer in crime prevention and community safety in British Columbia. Anthony was one of the original founders of the BC Crime Prevention Association.
Don Wright has worked with male survivors of sexual abuse for nearly 30 years. He established Victoria Male Survivors of Sexual Assault Society in 1989 and Vancouver Society for Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse in 1990. These were the first agencies in Canada to provide recovery options for male victims of childhood sexual abuse or recent sexual assault. In 1997, Don amalgamated these two societies into the B.C Society for Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse.
BCSMSSA provides a comprehensive range of treatment and support services to male survivors of sexual abuse and support to their significant others and relatives. Recently, their mandate has been expanded to include men who are victims of domestic violence.Don has been the Executive Director of BCSMSSA from its inception until June 2017, when he stepped into the new position of Education Coordinator, supervising the agency’s Master’s and Doctoral practicum students. Don is also responsible for providing all of the agency’s conference and training seminars across Canada and U.S., as well as other educational outreach projects.
Over the years, Don has acted as a mentor and guide to similar organizations working with male survivors across Canada, as well as in Great Britain, New Zealand, Australia, and other countries. He has also provided consultation to the Provincial and Federal governments regarding victims’ issues. In 2001, the B.C. Human Rights Commission awarded Don the B.C. Human Rights Medal of Honour for his pioneering work with male survivors.