About the Authors

AuthorLoree Armstrong Beniuk, Jo-Anne Hughes, and Jack Reynolds
About the Authors
Loree Armstrong Beniuk holds a Master of Social Work degree and is a
Registered Social Worker with a private clinical practice in Mississauga,
Ontario. With her knowledge of criminal courts, legal protocol, and pro-
cedures gleaned from many years working in Toronto with child witnesses
and their supportive adults, she was hired by an inter-agency commiee to
develop and coordinate a new Child Witness Preparation Program in Peel.
She later took on the role of Supervisor, Clinical Services at Peel Children’s
Centre. Loree worked for many years as Program Manager of Central Agen-
cies Sexual Abuse Treatment Program at Child Development Institute in
Toronto. In this role she worked with more than forty treatment agencies
and services to ensure the adoption of Best Practices in abuse treatment
throughout Toronto. She spearheaded and co-authored a 2006 publication
entitled Child Sexual Abuse: A Guide for Parents and Caregivers.
Jo-Anne Hughes was a co-founder and Program Manager of the Child
Witness Centre in Kitchener and worked on a daily basis with child vic-
tims for more than seventeen years. She also served as an Adjudicator with
the Ontario Criminal Injuries Compensation Board until 2018. In 2007,
Jo-Anne was amongst the f‌irst to receive the Ontario Aorney General’s
Victim Services Award of Distinction for outstanding services to victims
of crime. She also received the Sertoma International Service to Mankind
Award (for Canada, New York, and Pennsylvania).
Jack Reynolds is a graduate of the Ivey Business School at Western Univer-
sity and completed an MBA at McMaster. He spent more than thirty years
in senior management at Mutual Life of Canada and has authored four
books. He served for ten years as the Executive Director of the Child Witness
Centre in Kitchener, providing support, education, court accompaniment,
and advocacy for child victims in Waterloo Region and Wellington County.

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