The Greater Victoria area has more than a quarter of a million people, a metropolis by any standard. With a population of this size, the opportunities for growth and learning in the community are vast. Restorative Justice Victoria alone completes over 100 cases per year.

To meet the demand of case referrals, RJ Victoria is constantly working to ensure staff and volunteers are available and equiped to provide high quality services. We are fortunate to have such a great team of leaders and board members.

The members of our board take a very active role in strategic development, raising funds, managing finances, community outreach and organization oversight. They often lend a hand with the day-to-day operation of the organization. The expertise and skill which our board members bring to the table is a key facet of our organization’s success.

Current Board of Directors

  • Alyne Mochan, Chair of the Board
  • Jo-Ann Youmans, Secretary
  • Devin Arnold, Treasurer
  • Aharon Ittah
  • Alison Paine
  • Euan Thomson
  • Naomi Gitterman
  • Todd Wellman 
  • Laurie Carlson 
  • Melanie Wagner-Collins 
  • Dawn Theissen 

Our Team

Gillian Lindquist, BA

Executive Director

Gillian Lindquist has been working in the restorative justice field since 2009. She was first introduced to the concept through her training and practice as a mediator. She holds a Certificate in Conflict Management, a Certificate in Restorative Justice and

Laura Johnson, BA, BURPl, MADR

Program and Volunteer Manager

Laura began doing restorative justice casework in 2017, and became the Program and Volunteer Manager in 2018. She holds a Bachelor of Arts with a double major in Economics and Psychology, a Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning, and a

Dr. Jessica Rourke, PhD

Complex Case Manager

Jessica has been volunteering with restorative justice since 2009. She sat on the board of Restorative Justice Oak Bay for 3 years and acted as the interim Executive Director of Restorative Justice Victoria in 2016/2017 and 2017/2018. Jessica holds a

Carol Larson, BSN;M.Ed.(cnps)

Complex Case Worker

Carol has been volunteering with Restorative Justice Victoria since 2015, and came on as a staff member in 2016. She has a background in nursing (UVic) and counselling psychology (UBC). Carol is a clinical/family counsellor in private practice and a

Alyne Mochan

Chair of the board

I was introduced to restorative justice several years ago, after taking the facilitator training workshop.   I had just finished law school, and the idea of a different approach to the traditional justice system appealed to me. For the first few

Shanna Grant-Warmald

Trainer and Consultant

Shanna began volunteering with RJV in 2010, and became the Program and Volunteer Manager in 2011. She holds a diploma in Criminal Justice from Camosun College, a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Justice Studies from Royal Roads University, and a