What is Candace House?
Candace House is working to provide a safe and comforting home-like day refuge within one block of the Winnipeg Provincial Law Courts for victims and survivors of crime who are navigating the court process and criminal justice system.
Working collaboratively with partners, Candace House aims to promote access to holistic and culturally appropriate resources and referrals, as well as support services.
With the passion and spirit of its namesake, Candace Derksen, Candace House seeks to create a place dedicated to meeting the needs of those affected by serious crime.
Candace House is a non-profit, non-adversarial, non-partisan charity serving those affected by serious crime in Manitoba by seeking to provide a safe and comforting refuge within walking distance of the provincial law courts.
Once operational, we aim to be a focal point for victim services, providing practical assistance and access to holistic and culturally appropriate resources and education. Through collaborative partnerships with other services and programs, our purpose is to increase access to support and information for basic victim recovery needs throughout their interaction with the justice system and beyond.
Who is Candace Derksen?
In November 1984, Wilma and Cliff Derksen’s 13-year-old daughter, Candace, went missing on her way home from school in Winnipeg, Canada, sparking one of Winnipeg’s largest searches for a missing person. Six and a half weeks later, Candace’s body was found in a shack not far from the Derksen home, her hands and feet bound. Nothing could have prepared the Derksen's for this life-changing experience.
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