By Gabrielle Provencher, Social Media Volunteer at WomanACT
On September 21, 2015, police discovered the body of Judith Wilson, 62, in her Oakville home. Authorities were called by her 39-year-old son who was later arrested under second-degree murder charges. Judith Wilson was strangled and lost her life in tragic circumstances.
Judith Wilson had been an employee of the Town of Oakville for over 23 years until her retirement in 2009. She was loved and respected by her colleagues who were shocked to hear about her violent passing. Oakville Mayor, Rob Burton, expressed his feelings toward the former town employee: "After serving 23 years in the areas of parking, bylaw enforcement and licensing with the town, she continued doing community work, presently serving as chair of the Property Standards Committee. Her dedication and enthusiasm to Oakville was compelling. Judy touched the lives of many of our staff and community members. She will be greatly missed."
Special thanks to OAITH for putting together the Annual Femicide List. Since 1995 The Ontario Association of Interval and Transitional Housing began collecting the names of women, and their children, murdered by their intimate partners, as a way to remember victims, honour their lives and advocate for meaningful change.