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.
2019-20 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|
|Sioned Dyer||Director at Large|
Joanne Field – Elected Abbotsford School Trustee of 15 years, including 2 years as Vice-Chair and 4 years as Board Chair. Long standing community advocate for youth and a leader in the field of Restorative Justice. In 2001 a founding member of Abbotsford Restorative Justice and Advocacy Association (ARJAA) followed by the establishment of Restorative Action Program in Abbotsford schools in 2004. Joanne was the first chairperson of ARJAA and continued in that role for 10 years, advocating both locally and provincially for the expanded use and funding for restorative justice, lobbying at municipal, provincial, and federal levels of government. Following that Joanne was approached to take on the role of Executive Director of Abbotsford Restorative Justice a position she held from 2012 through to 2018.
Joanne has served on provincial initiatives including being one of several Provincial Working Group members who researched and produced Victim Sensitive Restorative Justice Principles and Standards in Criminal Matters for restorative justice practitioners and programs throughout the province. Joanne also served on the Restorative Justice Provincial Steering Committee for almost two years and is a founding member of Restorative Justice Association of British Columbia.
Joanne is the recipient of both municipal and provincial awards including the Abbotsford Community Leaders Award, Abbotsford Youth Commission’s UROC Award, the Order of Abbotsford, and most recently the Ministry of Public Safety Restorative Justice Memorial Award for outstanding commitment in advancing Restorative Justice in 2018. Joanne currently serves as Vice-Chairperson and Treasurer of RJABC Board of Directors.
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.
Chief Constable Len Goerke joined the West Vancouver Police Department in August of 2014 after a twenty-seven year career with the Abbotsford Police Department. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police, a past President of the BC Association of Chiefs of Police and 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 committed to maximizing police utilization of RJ and building strong partnerships between law enforcement and the RJ community.
Chief Constable Goerke 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.
For the past five years Sioned Dyer has been the Executive Director for the North Shore Restorative Justice Society. With over 15 years’ experience in the non-profit sector, Sioned has focused her work on building greater equity in service provision. While working at the North Shore Multicultural Society, she co-created the largest anti-oppression program of its time, Neonology and was the co-Chair of the Sexualization task force while employed at the YWCA.
Sioned is currently pursuing a Masters in Urban Studies at Simon Fraser University. Her research is focused on the City of Vancouver and its prioritization of reconciliation as a municipal policy. When not working or researching, Sioned finds her greatest fulfillment with her three young sons.