After the murder of her daughter Monica,
Dawna Speers has committed herself to increased awareness and
prevention of abuse and violence,
especially among young people. She collaborated with and to produce an award-winning
Love That Kills that tells of her daughter’s
tragedy and identifies the warning signs symptomatic of abusive
Dawna speaks to thousands of youth and organizations across Canada,
and has worked with Maggie Babcock and Nathan Neumer to develop
CHOICES for Positive Youth Relationships,
a program which combines A
Love That Kills with a six-lesson, curriculum-based
Dawna has consulted to many police services.
She teaches new recruits at the ,
lectures to the Police
in their Domestic
Violence Investigators course and has developed workshops with
about the Impact
of Victimization and the need for Information
Sharing. She served a 3-year appointment as an Adjudicator with
currently sits on the created
by the and
on the board of directors for Operation Springboard,
an organization serving at-risk youth and young offenders.
is the Executive Director of the Speers Society.
Nathan has produced, directed and distributed
numerous educational learning resources across Canada to schools,
community groups. Nathan’s career began as a secondary
school teacher. In addition to creating educational resources,
he has developed a
variety of media projects including film and television productions,
primarily on documentary programming.
He was one of the producers
of A Love That Kills and,
as a founding member of the Speers Society, has worked with
Dawna and Maggie to create the CHOICES for Positive Youth
Nathan is the Director of Communications for the Speers Society.
Maggie has been an actively involved in
violence prevention initiatives for many years, first as a secondary
school teacher and counsellor,
later as a crisis counsellor in an abuse shelter. She has been
especially committed to helping young people develop the skills
they need to make safe choices in their relationships. Formerly
the Director of Youth Education Services at (Canadians
Against Violence), Maggie currently sits on the Board of Directors
for , a counselling
service for adults in abusive partnerships.
A founding director of the Speers Society,
Maggie now serves as the
Director of Programs and was the principal author of the
Instructional Guide for the Choices program.
Miss Canada Scholarship 2005
Jayna seeks to promote her commitment to community, family, career and education. With the title, Jayna, won $5000 cash scholarship towards her university education.
Understanding the meaning of definition of hard work, Jayna has worked since age 13 years while maintaining honors all through high school. She was an Ontario Scholar and also was awarded the Visual Arts Award two consecutive years in high school. She has continued to renew her commitment to education, now pursuing a 4 year Bachelor of Science Degree with a Major in Biology and Minor in English. Her ultimate goal is to be a Pediatrician.
Jayna has demonstrated a commitment to service through promotion of her platform. She hopes to promote healthy relationships in adolescents and empowerment of youth. Challenging the status quo, her goal is to promote the awareness of teenage violence, and to empower youth to make a difference in their own lives, their community and the world.