Katy Hutchison is a passionate advocate for restorative justice.
Her 2006 book “Walking After Midnight” tells the true-life story of the murder of her husband, her search for justice, and the transformational power of forgiveness.
On New Year’s Eve In 1997, Katy’s husband, SFU Kinesiology grad Bob McIntosh, was killed while trying to break up a neighborhood teenage house party. Katy was left a widow with two young children. She waited five years while the police strove to identify the killer. In 2002, Ryan Aldridge was charged with Bob’s manslaughter. Despite her own grief and loss, Katy chose to reach out to Ryan with compassion rather than condemnation. Together they embarked on a restorative justice process involving formal victim-offender reconciliation, inspired in part by the writings of Liz Elliott of SFU’s Centre for Restorative Justice. Katy and Ryan have since formed a powerful relationship that has transformed both their lives.
Driven to help prevent other families from suffering the same kind of pain, Katy chose to share her compelling story with others. With courage and authenticity, Katy has told The Story of Bob to over 500,000 young people and groups around the world. Bob’s story as told by Katy educates teenagers more powerfully than lectures about the risks of alcohol and drug use, lack of supervision, peer pressure, and codes of silence. By speaking about social responsibility, restorative justice and the power of forgiveness, Katy has played a pivotal role in thousands of young lives.
For more information about Katy’s speaking tours, visit www.katyhutchisonpresents.com
Submitted by: SFU Alumni Relations