As we mark the second anniversary of her death, Valerie has been in the news again the past week.
First came the report from Occupational Health and Safety’s investigation into Val’s death and its finding that no government agency would be held accountable for her death. This was obviously a great disappointment. There will still be an inquiry, but an inquiry cannot assign blame.
A few days later, Val’s husband Craig and her mother Elizabeth initiated two lawsuits against the Alberta government and the Department of Persons with Developmental Disabilities. (To learn more about the lawsuits and to see the full text of Craig’s statement of claim, click on the NEWS tab above).
A silver lining in the midst of this gloomy news was learning that the 2013 Valerie Wolski Memorial Award will be given to Julie Sawchuk of Camrose, who is a fourth-year Augustana student. We’ll post an update about this in a couple of weeks, after Augustana’s annual scholarship banquet. (To learn more about this award, click the SCHOLARSHIP tab above.)