The AGM was well attended with many of our members, partners, and the larger restorative justice community present at the meeting. After hearing from Co-Chairs Alana Abramson and Suzanne Dorey, and Executive Director Christianne Paras, we shared a summary of the Listening Project final report and presented our 2022-2027 Strategic Plan.
Please welcome the newest staff member of RJ ABC, Christal Lok! Christal is Chinese and Australian, born and raised in Vancouver, Canada. She currently resides as an uninvited guest on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded land of the Kwikwetlem peoples in B.C., Canada. Christal joins RJABC in the role of Administrative Assistant and will be a key contributor in supporting projects and events for the association.
“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.”
"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.
Think you have the RJ landscape in BC figured out? In this article we will sharing some quick facts that may broaden your understanding of RJ in BC.
I have been involved in the field of victim services since 1995 – first as a volunteer then in 2001 as a paid police victim services caseworker and in 2012 as the program coordinator of a police victim services unit. During this time, when the concept of Restorative Justice was introduced to me, it was deemed to be more beneficial for the offender and it set aside the needs of the victim. It wasn’t until I attended a conference in 2018 hosted in Halifax that I had an ‘ah-ha’ moment: Restorative Justice focuses on restoring the harm. Harm cannot be restored unless those who have been harmed have been considered and engaged.
Although written in 2002, these myths surrounding restorative justice are still very much a reality. Hope Howard Zehr’s words can guide you in your work in addressing some of these common misconceptions of RJ.
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Many of you were able to attend another successful and inspiring week of conversation at the Canadian National Restorative Justice Symposium hosted during International Restorative Justice Week November 21-28th 2021. This virtual event featured keynote speakers Marlee Liss and Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas as well as engaging dialogues on Innovative Expressions of RJ, Environmental Harm, Colonial Harm and Racial Harm. If you missed the event you can go to the NRJS site National Symposium 2021 to learn more and to find related updates and resources.