Since the abduction and murder of daughter Candace in 1984, Wilma Derksen has influenced victims, offenders and the community by telling her story. She has also made an impact by facilitating support group of survivors of homicide, organizing dialogue between victims and inmates in prison, conducting trainings, giving lectures, participating in panel discussions, presenting her insights to the justice system, and addressing victims’ needs at restorative justice conferences throughout Manitoba, Canada and the United States.
She has helped found numerous programs, including Child Find Manitoba, Family Survivors of Homicide, Safe Justice Encounters, Voice of Resilience, Victim Companions, Candace House and the Paying Forward Project. She is an international speaker and consultant on victimization and criminal justice.
She has written a number of books on criminal victimization, trauma, and the criminal justice system. Wilma continues to volunteer her time and expertise to various organizations including: Child Find Manitoba, Family Survivors of Homicide, Mennonite Brethren Communications, Sophia Magazine, Church Council of Justice and Corrections, Citizens Advisory Committee, Manitoba Organization of Victim Advocates, Law Commission of Canada Advisory Council, Ron Wiebe Selection Committee, Solicitor General of Canada Round Table, Voice of Resilience and Candace House.