Heather Imming was a subcontracts manager in the aerospace industry before a series of brutal attacks by her estranged husband changed her life forever. Following a final beating that left her for dead, Ms. Imming worked courageously to assist the courts in a successful bid to have her abuser declared a Dangerous Offender, the first case in Canada where the Dangerous Offender legislation was applied strictly on the basis of Violence against Women.
Since 1997, Ms. Imming has been an outspoken advocate and educator on issues of Violence against Women, and continues to ensure that the victims with whom she meets are connected to appropriate and safe resources that can meet their needs. She is the founder of the consumer group “Share Our Strength”, and she has also served in the community with the Lanark Coalition Against Violence, the Lanark County Domestic Violence Court Advisory Committee, the Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Protocol Committee, the Lanark County Interval House and the Domestic Violence Grant Management Team. She also is a member of the Connecting on Disability and Abuse committee (CODA) in Ottawa.
Ms. Imming was part of the initial advisory committee that developed the Victimology Graduate Certificate Program at Algonquin College, and given her expertise, she continues to serve as the Chair of the Advisory Committee for this academic program.