Murder Suicide of Angie and Robert Robinson; BCâ€™s Call to Action
Victoria, B.C., October 26, 2015
â€“ Inclusion BC held a news conference today in Victoria announcing a plan for regional advocate positions across the province to help families supporting children with special needs and adults with developmental disabilities. The plan follows recommendations from the BC Coronerâ€™s Inquest into the tragic Prince Rupert murder-suicide of Angie and Robert Robinson.
On April 2, 2014, Prince Rupert mother Angie Robinson, in the face of a catastrophic failure of our government systems to meet her needs and those of her family, committed suicide and murdered her son Robert, who had Autism. Angieâ€™s sister, Michelle Watson, spoke at the news conference, telling her story and her reasons for supporting the plan. Angie was joined by two other parents, Kim Heddon and Cindy Richdale.
Inclusion BC Executive Director Faith Bodnar says, â€œAs we struggle to come to terms with why Angie, Robert and their family did not receive the support they needed to thrive in their community, we are all responsible for what we do now. The Coronerâ€™s Inquest made it clear that children with special needs do not have access to information and advocacy support that could help connect them to vital support systems within the community. Inclusion BC is in a unique position to establish regional community inclusion advocates.â€
In response to the Coronerâ€™s Inquest in the Murder/Suicide of Angie and Robert Robinson, Inclusion BC invites the Government of BC to partner as we build capacity to support families by establishing six (6) Regional Community Inclusion Advocates. Read the proposal here
Out of a preventable tragedy we have a collective opportunity to make a difference for families who have children and youth with special needs and adults with developmental disabilities and for ourselves in the knowledge that we have honoured them in making our communities welcoming and in ensuring that our government systems are empowered to respond to the needs and hopes of those they serve.
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News Conference Details
- Faith Bodnar, Executive Director, Inclusion BC
- Michelle Watson, sister of Angie Robinson
- Kim Heddon, Nelson parent
- Cindy Richdale, Victoria parent
Atrium at the Victoria Conference Centre
720 Douglas St, Victoria, BC