Bio

I served the residents of Surrey North as their elected representative to the HOUSE OF COMMONS, from October 14, 2008 through May 2, 2011.

I was born into a Canadian military family in Chilliwack, BC. In addition to residing in Germany, I lived on eleven different Canadian bases from coast to coast during my first 18 years. Living in so many different areas of our country has given me a deep appreciation for Canada's rich and diverse nature. I married Chuck Cadman (1948 - 2005) in 1969 and we had two children; a daughter Jodi, born in 1973 and a son, Jesse (1976 - 1992). In 1992, Jesse was murdered in a random act of violence, by a group of young offenders. We managed with great difficulty, to turn our personal tragedy in a positive direction.

In 1993, myself, my late husband Chuck and a small group of friends, founded CRY (Crime Responsibility and Youth). CRY was dedicated to strengthening the Federal Justice system and helping youth at risk, in the hopes of preventing future senseless acts of violence. CRY organized a nationwide petition of 500,000 signatures, resulting in important amendments to the Young Offender's Act. I ran my own Daycare and worked for Canada Post while helping launch Chuck's political career. We became strong advocates for Victim's Rights. Chuck became a Member of Parliament (1997-2005) in order to take our struggle to the next level. I remained active in victims' rights organizations and criminal justice reform groups.

I like to be connected to my community. I've been a member of Surrey Mayor's Crime Task Force and the Victim's Advisory Council to Correctional Services Canada/National Parole Board-Pacific Region, The Newton Advocacy Group Society, a Director on the Board of Surrey North Conservative Association and a staunch supporter of SOS Children's Village of BC, Covenant House, Surrey North Lions Club, plus other service organizations and charities.

During the last couple of years, I've been honoured to give talks on Victim's Rights and Restorative Justice, to both front line Law Enforcement and Correctional Services providers, coast to coast.

Public Service on

Standing Joint Committee  on the Library of Parliament

Parliamentary Committee on Status of Women

Standing Joint Committee on Scrutiny of Regulations

Parliamentary Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities

Commonwealth Parliamentary Association

Canada-US Parliamentary Group

Canada-India Parliamentary Friendship Group

Surrey Mayor's Crime Task Force

Newton Advocacy Group Society

North Surrey Lions Club

Atira Women's Resource Society

Royal Canadian Legion, Whalley Branch #229

My Sister Has My Hand

Outstanding Documentary
Tapestry, CBC Radio One
Radio - Public/Non-Commercial
Toronto, Ontario

        

2014 Gracie Award winning Journalist Theresa O'Leary explores Restorative Justice with Dona Cadman and Supriya Deas.

"two mothers, two boys, death and redemption"

 

These awards are named after radio and television star Gracie Allen. Gracie was a successful comedienne, entertainer, entrepreneur and activist. As half of the Burns and Allen act, one of the most prominent comedy teams in American history, Gracie has been a role model for women in media and entertainment.

The Gracies are presented by the AWM Foundation, the philanthropic arm of AWM which supports educational programs, charitable activities, public service campaigns and scholarships to benefit the public and women in the media. The Gracie Awards, established in 1975, honor programming and individuals of the highest caliber in all facets of radio, television, cable and web-based media, including news, drama, comedy, public service, documentary and sports.