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Make a nomination today for the Governor's Victim Service Pathfinder Award


A Governor's Victim Service Pathfinder Award is the most prestigious award that Pennsylvania gives to a victim service professional or program.  The award may be presented to one program and up to seven individuals who have made notable contributions to the program for which they work, the community they serve, or the field of victim services.


Due to budget restrictions, the PA Commission on Crime & Delinquency (PCCD) only holds the Pennsylvania Pathways for Victims Services Conference every other year.  Since PCCD understands the importance, value, and benefit of the awards, they will continue, however the process is slightly different on non-conference years.  The award presentations can be held anytime after April 1, 2015 with the event being as small or large as you would like. It could be held during a local Victims' Rights Week Event, at an Annual Board Meeting, a special event, a County Commissioners Meeting or a presentation at your office.  The nominator is responsible for coordinating the event and notifying PCCD of the date and location.  A PCCD staff member or a Victims' Services Advisory Committee (VSAC) member will attend the event to present the award to the recipient.


The selection process for recipients of the Governor's Victim Service Pathfinder Award is highly competitive.  Therefore, to be considered, each nomination must meet the criteria and eligibility exactly as outlined.


Submitting a Nomination


All nominations must be postmarked no later than 5:00 PM on Friday, December 19, 2014.  You will be notified in March about the status of your nomination.


Please review the following documents for information on submitting a nomination:

Nomination Packet Requirements

Criteria and Eligibility for Award Categories

Nomination Packet Checklist

Printable Nomination Form(Word Document)

Printable Nomination Form (PDF)


Mail completed printable nomination forms to:

Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency Office of Victims' Services Governor's Victim Service Pathfinder Awards Task Force PO Box 1167 Harrisburg, PA  17108-1167


For questions regarding the nominations, contact: Renee Bressler

E-mail:  rebressler@pa.gov<mailto:rebressler@pa.gov

Phone:  (717) 265-8730







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