Meet the Team

Restorative Justice Victoria (RJV) is run by a dedicated, highly-trained team of professionals to ensure we provide our clients with the most productive, meaningful, and healing experience possible. Thanks to the hard work of people in our organization, RJV has become a national leader in the delivery of restorative justice programming, and is at the forefront of research, education, and training methodologies.  

Gillian Lindquist

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 a Bachelor of Arts in Justice Studies. A life-long learner, she continues to grow and expand her knowledge through ongoing training, reading, and reflective practice. Gillian is the 2013 recipient of Correctional Service Canada’s National Ron Wiebe Award for her work in restorative justice.

Taryn Burgar

Program & Volunteer Manager

Taryn has a Masters in Dispute Resolution from the University of Victoria and a Certificate in Restorative Justice from Simon Fraser University. She has conducted research on the use of restorative justice in sexual assault cases. Previous to joining RJV, she worked for the Office of the Ombudsperson, the Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health, and the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria. She started volunteering with RJV in 2016, moving into her position in 2019. She loves painting, design, and podcasts.

Jessica Rourke

Case Manager

Jessica Rouke began volunteering in the field of restorative justice in 2009. She sat on the Board of Directors of Restorative Justice Oak Bay for three years, acted as the interim Executive Director of RJV in 2016/2017 and 2017/2018, and has been in the role of Case Worker with RJV since 2017. Jessica holds a PhD in Psychology and has taken many mediation and dispute resolution courses. In addition to her work in restorative justice, Jessica teaches at the University of Victoria, Camosun College, and Thompson Rivers University.

Carol Larson

Case Manager

Carol Larson started volunteering with RJV in 2015 and came on as a staff member in 2016. She has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Victoria and Masters of Education in Counselling Psychology from the University of British Columbia. Carol is a clinical and family counsellor in private practice and a psycho-educational facilitator and lecturer.


We have a group of dedicated and highly trained volunteers filling many roles in our organization. All of our facilitators and mentors have been extensively trained, engage in continuous development, and complete regular police information checks. Many of them have relevant professional backgrounds, including counselling, dispute resolution, law, and family coordination. To read more about our volunteer roles, click here.

Board of Directors

The important job of oversight of RJV is in the hands of our accomplished and dedicated Board of Directors who not only ensure all our policies are followed and required funding is available, they also step in and lend a hand as volunteers whenever asked to do so. 

Sitting Board

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


"RJ showed me the scope of harm that resulted from my actions. I hadn’t realized just how many people can be affected by a single moment, by a single action of mine. In realizing this, I don’t think I would have been able to come to terms with the harm I caused without the supportive volunteers and RJ’s process and agreement terms."