Board Member Profile: Warren McDougal

“I was at the lowest point in my life. The people in the AVP showed me how to find, build, and maintain safety through connection with others. I couldn’t believe that in the eyes of these strangers I mattered and that I had something of value to contribute. I started to remember what it feels like to be human. I didn’t change overnight but that weekend set me on the path I remain on today. I had a tremendous amount of healing and growing to do, and I’m still learning and growing. Without RJ I wouldn’t have had a chance to give back and probably wouldn’t even be alive. RJ is the reason I’m where I am today, and it’s the reason I do what I do.”

Board Member Profile: Gillian Lindquist

"Alongside my commitment to the field of restorative justice, I maintain sincere dedication to my own personal and spiritual healing. This serves me both as a mom to my two beautiful children (Ella 6 and Blake 5) and as a restorative justice practitioner. I have learned that accountability to my wholeness is a precondition to accompanying others on their journey toward the same." Read more from Gillian Lundquist in this months Board Member Profile.

Our Vision

RJABC envisions a province where restorative justice is known for quality, accessibility and innovation.

Our Values

Our Acknowledgement

The Restorative Justice Association of BC (RJABC) aims to promote connection, collaboration, and unity among restorative and Indigenous justice programs and initiatives throughout the province of British Columbia. Restorative justice has been shaped by traditional ways of knowing and the practices of Indigenous nations in this province, which we recognize and humbly acknowledge as a colonially defined area of land that forcefully superseded the traditional territories and relationships of at least 198 Indigenous Nations. Despite passing its Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act in November 2019, BC still has a long way to go before reconciliation is achieved. RJABC is ever mindful that we continue to live and work in unceded territories, and is committed to respecting the autonomy, dignity, and rights of Indigenous peoples.