Board Chair

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 years as a volunteer, I participated in circles as a facilitator, co-facilitator and mentor. The power of the process to bring together people who have experienced hurt, shame, and anger and see them come to a place of healing, understanding and acceptance is truly remarkable. What I value most about the process is that we are there to support people through some of the most difficult moments of their lives, whether it is facing up to the shame and guilt of harming someone, or moving past the fear and anger of being armed. I know that our work really does make a difference and lives are changed for the better, some dramatically so.

I have been on the board for the past five years, the past two as Chair. Although I miss being a witness to the transformative power of the circle, I really enjoy being on the board. There’s so much that needs to be done behind the scenes to keep our organization going! It is interesting and challenging work that has great rewards. I also feel privileged to work with such amazingly talented and dedicated people.

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RJV & Covid-19

We are continuing to offer our restorative justice services during this time. We are also taking new referrals.

We are primarily working with clients through online conferencing and phone meetings. Depending on the circumstances, our caseworkers can meet with clients in person, provided that everyone is comfortable doing so. We are following all the BC Government guidelines to minimize risk during in-person meetings, and can explore various options with clients on a case-by-case basis. Our staff are continuing to work at home and occasionally in the office. If you would like to contact us, email us at office@rjvictoria.com or leave a voicemail at (250) 383-5801 and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

The safety of our clients, volunteers, and staff is paramount. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about how your case might proceed with our health and safety processes in place. We hope that you are doing well during this challenging time.

Our Casework Continuity and Innovative Practices during Covid-19 Initiative is supported by the Government of Canada’s Emergency Community Support Fund and the Victoria Foundation.