Up to 15 directors can be elected or appointed to the RJABC Board of Directors. Directors represent a range of expertise and knowledge of the not-for-profit sector, board governance, and the delivery of restorative justice services in communities throughout BC.
Community Restorative Justice Program Board of Director representatives will be elected for a one-year term and all other director terms shall be for two years.
RJABC Board of Directors are sought with the following areas in mind:
- Restorative Justice Stakeholder Representation
- Skills, Knowledge & Experience
- Regional/Geographical Representation
Directors will be considered, prequalified and elected from organizations and individuals who are eligible for Full Voting Membership with the intention of having a 2/3 minimum of its directors as designated representatives of community based non-profit and municipal based restorative justice programs from the different geographical regions of British Columbia.
RJABC also seeks a range of key justice stakeholder representatives to provide a balanced perspective of justice in addressing the impacts of crime and wrongdoing on people and communities and in working towards more restorative, safe, and peaceful communities for all.
2021-22 Board of Directors
|Aaron Lyons||Director at Large|
|Anita Werner||Director at Large|
|Gillian Lindquist||Director at Large|
|Jillian Murphy||Director at Large|
|Joanne Challenger||Director at Large|
|Len Goerke||Director at Large|
|Evelyn Zellerer||Director at Large|
|Sue Dorey||Director at Large|
|Amanda Macpherson||Director at Large|
Michelle is the Director of Justice Services at the John Howard Society of Okanagan & Kootenay and have been involved in Restorative Justice since 1997. I was trained in Peace and Talking Circles through School District #60 in Fort St John and in 2010, I became the Executive Director of the North Peace Justice Society. I moved to Kelowna in 2014, and joined JHSOK. I participated in the steering committee whose goal was to develop, what is now known as, the Restorative Justice Association of British Columbia.
My goal for RJABC is to support small programs, become a repository of everything RJ, and provide resources to anyone who would like to learn more or about RJ.
Alana’s journey with restorative justice began in 1999 when she enrolled in a restorative justice class at Simon Fraser University as part of her studies in Criminology. The experience in the course and meeting the professor, Dr. Liz Elliott, would transform her life. Since that transformative experience, Alana went on to complete her Masters and PhD researching the field of restorative justice in relation to policing, community, and post-secondary institutions. She has also been a restorative justice practitioner and trainer since 2003 and has implemented RJ in community, prison, and school contexts. Alana has organized and participated in numerous conferences and research initiatives on issues related to restorative justice and violence, trauma, first responder mental health, victim/survivors of crime, and prison justice.
In 2017, Dr. Abramson was the recipient of the Restorative Justice Award from the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General. She also worked to develop the first victim-sensitive principles and standards for restorative justice providers in BC. Alana is a full-time Criminology Instructor at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Coordinator and Facilitator for the Alternatives to Violence Project, member of the Interior Restorative Justice Hub, Board Member for BC Bereavement Society and trainer for Community Justice Initiatives and Achieve/Crisis & Trauma Resource Institute. In 2019, she was invited by the Department of National Defense (DND) to create and deliver training to restorative justice practitioners and Senior Defense Representatives in the Canadian Armed Forces and DND.
Alana is grateful for the opportunity to bring her experience from both academia and practice to the board of RJ ABC. As a passionate advocate for community education and empowerment, promising restorative justice practices, and personal and societal transformation, Alana will continue to work hard with the Association to enhance restorative justice in BC.
Aaron Lyons is an experienced and passionate peacebuilder and restorative justice specialist with over 15 years’ international experience in facilitation, consultation, coaching and training. He holds a Masters’ Degree in Conflict Transformation from the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding, Virginia. As a Co-Founder of Just Outcomes, Aaron supports a range of governmental and non-governmental organizations to design and implement values-driven, trauma-informed and culturally adaptive approaches to addressing conflict, harm and injustice. From 2009-2018 he facilitated victim-offender dialogue in crimes of severe violence with Fraser Region Community Justice Initiatives’ Victim Offender Mediation Program. He brings international experience facilitating restorative justice processes, including within New Zealand’s pioneering youth justice system. Aaron has delivered training in restorative approaches within criminal justice and educational settings across Canada, and internationally including the United States, Bermuda, Brazil and Hong Kong. As an RJABC Board member, Aaron brings a deep understanding of restorative justice, a passion for strategic innovation and systems’ change, and a genuine fondness for teamwork.
Aaron is an outdoor enthusiast and spends summers with his family exploring the BC coast. When boating is impossible, he enjoys making music with friends, learning, biking, travelling and cooking. He lives in Fort Langley, BC with his wife and two young boys
Anita Werner serves as the Coordinator for the Nelson Police Department Restorative Justice Program (NPDRJ) in the West Kootenay region, which currently has 20 dedicated volunteers and a RJ schools program. Among other duties, Anita works to expand NPDRJ’s profile in the community and the province, facilitates RJ processes and organizes and attends advanced trainings. She is passionate about her restorative justice work and is inspired to continue to advance the program to reflect ethical and best practice standards.
Anita is completing her Mediation and Negotiation Certificates at the Justice Institute of BC and has studied Transformative Justice in the Peace Studies Program at Selkirk College in Castlegar. Anita is also trained in the Japanese martial art of Aikido, aka “the art of peace”. Her practice took her around the world to train in many dojos with people of many cultures. She trained for 14 years and was an instructor at White Pines Dojo in Slocan, BC and the Nelson Dojo. It was the practice of Aikido that led Anita to seek other paths to peace and conflict resolution through dialogue.
In addition to her work in restorative justice, Anita is the mother of two, the office manager of her husband’s plumbing and heating business, and she operates a bed & breakfast in New Denver BC. When she is not doing business she can be seen hiking, paddling on Slocan and Kootenay Lakes, practicing yoga or rock climbing.
Given her strong interest in RJ, the dynamics of relationship, conflict resolution and discovering her own strengths and challenges in relationship with others, Anita has designed her life around becoming a skilful practitioner of respectful, healthy engagement.
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.
Jillian currently works for a non-profit, live-in residential counselling program that helps young women who are struggling with life controlling issues to receive hope for their future. The program is designed to address the whole person- mind, body, and spirit. Within the organization, Jillian has had training and experience in event planning, donor relations, office administration, and direct residential support.
Jillian’s first encounter with restorative justice began shortly after her younger brother’s life was taken by his cellmate in a correctional facility in 2016.
Jillian and her family knew they wanted to meet the offender, and with a referral from their victim services support worker, sought out a local restorative justice organization to help them through the process.
Since the death of her brother, Jillian has been invited to speak publicly to university criminology students about her restorative justice journey thus far, and has recently began volunteering with police victim services in her community.
“My brother is gone. He is not coming back. What’s done is done. But how much more of a waste would it be if two men’s lives ended because of this? What would we learn? Where would the hope and beauty of redemption be?”- a quote from Jillian’s victim impact statement read to the courts during the sentence hearing for the offender.
I truly feel that we can make something beautiful out of even the darkest of situations if we just believe it is possible. This is why I will continue sharing my story and hope to, even in some small way, help others to find reconciliation in their healing journeys as well.
Judge Joanne Challenger graduated from UBC Law and was called to the bar in 1985. She engaged in barristers work for her entire career practicing primarily in criminal law but also did some family and civil litigation. She spent four years as a full time prosecutor and ten years in private practice.
She was appointed to the Provincial Court in November of 1999. She presided over the Bella Bella and Klemtu circuit for over five years from 2005 to mid-2010. She developed and has now presided over the North Shore Indigenous Sentencing Court for the past seven years.
She served as President of the BC Provincial Court Judges Association and Chair of the Canadian Association of Provincial Court Judges Access to Justice Committee which included participation in the National Action Committee on Access to Justice in Civil and Family Law. She has participated as an instructor in the UBC Advocacy Program, been a judicial coach in the UBC Law School Burns Moot and a mentor at the Indigenous Persons Law Clinic among other continuing legal education and outreach activities.
She is a Board Member of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Legal Studies and the Restorative Justice Association of BC.
Len Goerke retired as Chief Constable of the West Vancouver Police Department in 2021 after 34 years in policing with the West Vancouver and Abbotsford police departments.
During his career he served on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police, and as President of the BC Association of Chiefs of Police. He is currently a member of the Justice Institute of BC Board of Governors. From 2015 to 2019, he served on the Board of Governors of the University of the Fraser Valley.
Len is a strong supporter of Restorative Justice as an approach that can repair harm, assist in addressing historical bias, and help build and sustain communities that are safe for all. He is committed to maximizing police utilization of RJ and building strong partnerships between law enforcement and the RJ community.
Len completed the Executive Development Program at the Richard Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario, holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of the Fraser Valley, as well as a Master of Arts degree from Royal Roads University.
Raised in the Lower Mainland, He is an active volunteer in his community currently serving on the Board of Directors for the Klahanee Park Housing Society and the Capilano Senior Citizens Housing Society.
Len is a recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, the Police Exemplary Service Medal and is a Member of the Order of Merit of Police Forces.
Linda has worked as a Community Policing Coordinator for the Prince George RCMP’s Crime Prevention Unit for the last 14 years. In her current position Linda manages Community Policing volunteers, and crime prevention programs and services including the volunteer-based RCMP Restorative Justice program. Prior to her current position with the RCMP, as a City of Prince George municipal employee for over 30 years Linda was involved with event planning and scheduling arenas and civic facilities.
For the last three years Linda has been a member of the Suicide Safer Community Committee (Crisis Centre for Northern BC), she served six years on the Advisory Committee on Development Design (City of Prince George), and after thirteen years she continues as the Chairperson of the Two Rivers Crime Prevention Society.
Linda has a business management diploma from Douglas College, a Marketing Management Diploma from the College of New Caledonia, is a certified Restorative Justice Facilitator for the RCMP, and a Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED) practitioner for the Prince George RCMP.
Running, hiking, skate-skiing and walking her two West Highland Scottish Terriers are just a few of the activities Linda enjoys in addition to travelling to faraway places with her husband, Russ.
It is Linda’s hope to represent the interior of BC on the RJABC board and to contribute with the board’s quest to foster restorative practices throughout the province of BC.
Dr. Evelyn Zellerer is a facilitator, trainer and speaker specializing in peace circles, restorative justice, communication, and conscious governance. She is the Founder/Director, Peace of the Circle – working internationally with justice agencies, governments, Indigenous First Nations, workplaces, families, schools and communities. Evelyn earned her Ph.D. in criminology from SFU (1996) and over the past 25 years, she has taught and led projects in diverse contexts, including Australia, Brazil, Canada, Caribbean, Iran, Kazakhstan, Mozambique, Nepal, South Africa, UK, and USA. Evelyn is a published author and has presented at many forums, including the United Nations.
Evelyn is thrilled to join this provincial Board, having participated for three years in the steering committee that developed RJ ABC. Evelyn is a proud mother of her young adult son. When not working and traveling the world, you may find her immersed in nature, the ocean, and photography near her home in Vancouver.For more information, visit www.peaceofthecircle.com.
Warren is an Indigenous clinical counsellor and consultant who specializes in stress related unwellness commonly known as addiction, anxiety, depression, grief, and trauma. Having suffered intimately these pains and symptoms of colonial oppression, rooted in both sides of his family tree, Warren was lost and confused until he found the catalyst for healing in restorative connections. He is honoured to now be able to support others in walking the path to healing and restoration. In joining and serving the Board, Warren hopes to help offer others what saved his own life.
Sue Dorey, MSW, RSW has over 20 years of experience assessing and responding to critical incidents, violence and harm. She holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Wilfried Laurier University and has been practicing social work in British Columbia since 1995. Her social work practice is centered in harm reduction, trauma informed practice and restorative approaches to harm. Sue’s journey with restorative justice started in 2003 when working for Burnaby RCMP Youth Services police diversion program, where she was one of the founding members of the Burnaby Restorative Justice Program. Sue went on to work in the K-12 public school system for 15 years where she continued to promote and support restorative practice in classrooms and educational settings. Sue is currently the Program Manager Violence Reduction and Incident Response at Emily Carr University of Art and Design where she will continue to develop and champion restorative justice approaches in post-secondary settings.
Amanda began working in Restorative Justice as the Executive Director of Chilliwack Restorative Justice and Youth Advocacy Association in 2016. She moved to Vancouver Island in 2021 and became the program coordinator for John Howard Victoria’s Restorative Justice department. Prior to working in restorative justice, Amanda worked in multiple agencies in the nonprofit field for over a decade.
She holds a Nonprofit Management certificate from BCIT, a BSc. in Public Management from Colorado State University, and a Restorative Justice certificate from SFU. Amanda has also been a member of the Abbotsford Police Board since 2020.