Who We Are

It was a very ordinary day in 2004. Louise Russo walked into a shop to get a sandwich for her daughter and it was the last time she would ever walk again. The mother of three was the innocent victim of a violent crime, when a single bullet shattered her spine and left her paralyzed forever. Louise was determined that this senseless act of violence would have a positive outcome and created a grass roots not-for-profit organization, Louise Russo W.A.V.E. (Working Against Violence Everyday), that received its charitable status in 2009.
In recent years Louise Russo has been recognized for the following:

  • The YMCA Peace Medallion Award 2008
  • 2008 Attorney General’s Victim Services Award of Distinction
  • 2008 TCDSB TSU Award of Recognition
  • 2010 she was also appointed on the board for the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) with the Attorney General’s Office
  • Proud 2010 Olympic Flame Torch Bearer
  • October 1, 2010 Louise represented citizens of Ontario at the swearing in ceremony in Ottawa of Canada’s Lieutenant Governor David Johnston

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