The National Associations Active in Criminal Justice boasts an impressive list of member associations operating in varied fields of activity and spanning the entire country. If you're part of an organization and would like to become a member, please visit the Application tab for more information and how to apply.
Full Member Organizations
Member Organizations are those organizations that meet the criteria and admission requirements set by the Board of Directors, subscribe to the objectives of the Corporation, pay the membership dues, and are admitted by a resolution of the Board of Directors as a Member Organization. Member Organizations are eligible to designate one person to be a director of the Corporation and are entitled to vote at Annual and Special Meetings of Members of the Corporation.
L'Association des services de réhabilitation sociale du Québec
The Association des services de réhabilitation sociale du Québec is devoted to the promotion of community action in the field of criminal justice. Its mission is to collectively support the members and volunteers of its network and to promote the active participation of citizens and community-based organizations in the fields of crime prevention and social reintegration of adult offenders, while contributing to the enhancement of the criminal justice system.
www.asrsq.ca | 2000, boul. St-Joseph E. Montréal QC H2H 1E4 Tel: 514-521-3733
Patrick Altimas, Director General, email@example.com
Association in Defence of the Wrongly Convicted (AIDWYC)
The Association in Defence of the Wrongly Convicted (AIDWYC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to identifying, advocating for, and exonerating individuals convicted of a crime that they did not commit and to preventing such injustices in the future through education and reform. Founded in 1993, AIDWYC began with a small group of volunteers who organized the Justice for Guy Paul Morin Committee. After Morin's release on bail in February 1993 pending his appeal, the Committee reconstituted itself as AIDWYC. In the years since, AIDWYC's team of more than 50 volunteers have reviewed hundreds of cases, leading to the successful exoneration of 14 individuals.
www.aidwyc.org | 111 Peter Street Suite 408, Toronto ON M5V 2H1 Tel: 416-504-7500
Win Wahrer, Client Services Director, firstname.lastname@example.org
CTI The Canadian Training Institute
The CTI Canadian Training Institute/Institut Canadien De Formation Inc. is a charitable organization managed by a volunteer Board of Directors that was incorporated on April 12th, 1984. Our focus is on improving the delivery of services to vulnerable individuals within criminal justice and related human service organizations through the delivery of training, engaging in collaborative action, undertaking applied research demonstration projects, provision of consulting assistance and development of resource materials. We operate under a Healthy Communities, Healthy Individuals and Healthy Families Framework.
Our mission is to increase the effectiveness of client services delivered by criminal justice and other integrated behavioural health services through training, networking, collaborative action, undertaking of applied research demonstration projects and by facilitating personal, professional and organizational development nationwide.
Our focus is on "training for people helping people."
www.cantraining.org | 50 Euston Ave. Toronto ON M4J 3N3 Tel: 1-877-889-6158
John Sawdon, Executive Director, email@example.com
Canadian Association for Community Living
Founded in 1958, CACL is a national federation of over 40,000 individual members, 400 local associations, and 13 Provincial/Territorial Associations for Community Living. CACL is a national member of Inclusion International, the international federation of associations working to advance the inclusion and human rights of people with intellectual disabilities and their families. It:
- Provides leadership for the issue of inclusion, advocating for the rights of people with intellectual disabilities and their families, and helping Canadians and communities build an inclusive country.
- Promotes awareness about inclusion and provides the tools for making classrooms, workplaces and communities more inclusive.
- Fosters leadership of families in the community living movement and supports efforts on behalf of all people with intellectual disabilities through local and provincial/territorial Associations for Community Living and grassroots networks.
- Leads community change through partnerships like the Community Inclusion Initiative, a program that strengthens the capacity of communities to include and support people with intellectual disabilities and their families in all aspects of community life.
- Puts research and knowledge to work to inform, lead and support efforts to advance rights and opportunities for people with intellectual disabilities in Canada and around the world.
www.cacl.ca | Kinsmen Building, York University, 4700 Keele Street Toronto ON M3J 1P3 Tel: 416-661-9611
Interim contact: Maha Toubassy: firstname.lastname@example.org
Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies
CAEFS is an association of self-governing, community-based Elizabeth Fry Societies that work with and for marginalized, victimized, criminalized and institutionalized women and girls. Together, Elizabeth Fry Societies develop and advocate the beliefs, principles and positions that guide CAEFS. The association exists to ensure substantive equality in the delivery and development of services and programs through public education, research, legislative and administrative reform, regionally, nationally and internationally.
www.elizabethfry.ca | 701-151 Slater St. Ottawa ON K1P 5H3 Tel: 613-238-2422
Kim Pate, Executive Director, email@example.com
Canadian Bar Association
The Canadian Bar Association is a professional, voluntary organization which was formed in 1896, and incorporated by a Special Act of Parliament on April 15, 1921. Today, the Association represents some 37,000 lawyers, notaries, law teachers and law students from across Canada. Approximately two-thirds of all practising lawyers in Canada belong to the CBA. The mandate of the Canadian Bar Association is to:
- improve the law;
- improve the administration of justice;
- improve and promote access to justice;
- promote equality in the legal profession and in the justice system
- improve and promote the knowledge, skills, ethical standards and well-being of members of the legal profession;
- represent the legal profession nationally and internationally; and
- promote the interests of the members of The Canadian Bar Association.
www.cba.org | 500 - 865 Carling Avenue Ottawa ON K1S 5S8 Tel: 1-800-267-8860
Canadian Criminal Justice Association
Recognizing that the criminal justice system must serve the needs of all people, the Canadian Criminal Justice Association is an umbrella organization representing all elements of the criminal justice system, including the public. It exists to promote rational, informed, and responsible debate in order to develop a more humane, equitable, and effective justice system.
www.ccja-acjp.ca | 101-320 Parkdale Ave. Ottawa ON K1Y 4X9 Tel: 613-725-3715
Irving Kulik, Executive Director, CCJA firstname.lastname@example.org
Canadian Families and Corrections Network
Building stronger and safer communities by assisting families affected by criminal behaviour, incarceration and community reintegration, the Canadian Families and Corrections Network (CFCN) offers a restorative approach to families of adult offenders. Current CFCN services focus on the family as an asset to crime prevention and to successful community reintegration. The CFCN's model of a continuum of care includes family orientation at intake and assessment, services during incarceration and family reintegration support, post release. Services include toll free information and referral services to families; informational publications for families; policy and program development; Visitor Resource Centres; as well as staff and volunteer training.
www.cfcn-rcafd.org | PO Box 35040, Kingston ON K7L 5S5 Tel: 613-541-0743
Louise Leonardi, Executive Director, email@example.com
Canadian Friends Service Committee (Quakers Fostering Justice)
Founded in 1931, Canadian Friends Service Committee (CFSC) acts on the peace and social justice concerns of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) in Canada. The outward expression of Quakerism is service. We are guided by a vision of a world in which peace and justice prevail, where the causes of war and oppression are removed, a world in which the whole of Creation is treated with respect and where individuals and communities are freed to reach their fullest potential.
Quakers Fostering Justice (QFJ), a Program Committee of CFSC, holds as its long-term goal the fostering of a way of life that is both just and compassionate. This includes creatively sharing our understanding that while harm and conflict will continue to be a part of the fabric of human experience, when hurt we should not respond with punishment or prisons.
www.quakerservice.ca/ | 60 Lowther Avenue Toronto ON M5R 1C7 Tel: (416) 920-5213
Kate Johnson, Chaplain, Kate.Johnson@csc-scc.gc.ca
Canadian Psychological Association
The Canadian Psychological Association was organized in 1939 and incorporated in 1950. Its objectives are to improve the health and welfare of all Canadians; to promote excellence and innovation in psychological research, education, and practice; to promote the advancement, development, dissemination, and application of psychological knowledge; and to provide high-quality services to members.
www.cpa.ca | 702 - 141 Laurier Ave W. Ottawa ON K1P 5J3 Tel: 1-888-472-0657
J. Stephen Wormith, Director-at-Large firstname.lastname@example.org
Church Council on Justice and Corrections
CCJC is a national faith-based coalition of eleven founding churches, incorporated in 1972. It is primarily by education, advocacy and community development initiatives that CCJC strives to foster healthier communities and crime prevention through social responsibility. Its mandate is to assist those it serves to reflect about the nature of justice, to examine the impact of the present system on the lives of those it touches, and to search for pathways of change.
www.ccjc.ca | 200 Isabella Street, Suite 303, Ottawa ON K1S 1V7
Janet Handy, Executive Director, Tel: 613-563-1688 x 103 email@example.com
John Howard Society of Canada
The John Howard Society of Canada promotes effective, just and humane responses to the causes and consequences of crime. It works with people who have come into conflict with the law; reviews, evaluates and advocates for changes in the criminal justice process; engages in public education on matters relating to criminal law and its application; and, promotes crime prevention through community and social development activities.
www.johnhoward.ca | 809 Blackburn Mews Kingston ON K7P 2N6 Tel: 613-384-6272
Catherine Latimer, Executive Director, firstname.lastname@example.org
Mennonite Central Committee Canada
The Mennonite Central Committee Canada (MCCS) shares love and compassion for all in the name of Christ by responding to basic human needs and working for peace and justice. The Restorative Justice Program promotes the development and growth of restorative justice in Canada through partnerships with grassroots programs and national coalitions.
www.mcc.org/canada/ | 50 Kent Ave. Kitchener ON N2G 3R1 Tel: 1-800-313-6226
Eileen Henderson, Restorative Justice Program Coordinator (MCC ON) email@example.com
Native Counselling Services of Alberta
The Native Counselling Services of Alberta's mission is to contribute to the holistic development and wellness of the Aboriginal individual, family and community. By respecting differences, it aims to promote the fair and equitable treatment of Aboriginal people and advocate for the future development of our partners. By developing and maintaining strong partnerships and honouring relationships, it is committed to evolving pro-actively with our changing environment. It will continue to strategically plan and deliver culturally sensitive programs and community education through accountable resource management.
www.ncsa.ca | 10975 - 124 St. Edmonton AB T5M 0H9 Tel: 780-451-4002
Allen Benson, Chief Executive Officer firstname.lastname@example.org
Seventh Step Society of Canada
The Seventh Step Society of Canada was incorporated in 1981 to unite Seventh Step Agencies and Chapters throughout the nation with the primary purpose of reducing recidivism. Realistic thinking, positive peer pressure and the self help philosophy can help incorrigible and recidivist offenders to change their behaviour and attitudes to help them become productive members of the community by: providing weekly discussion fora for ex convicts; considering the interests of Seventh Step and ex convicts, initiating and watching over and, if necessary, promoting deputation; promoting or innovating improvements to the general welfare of its members and other ex convicts; promoting, acquiring and operating a resident headquarters to assist its members; promoting the principles of good citizenship and co-operation; and providing public education in the area of crime and criminal rehabilitation.
www.7thstep.ca | #2017 - 246 Stewart Green S.W., Calgary AB T3H 3C8
George Myette, Executive Director email@example.com
St. Leonard's Society of Canada
The mission of the St. Leonard's Society of Canada is to promote a humane and informed justice policy and responsible leadership to foster safer communities. SLSC:
- endorses evidence-based approaches to criminal and social justice;
- conducts research and develops policy;
- supports its member affiliates; and
- advances collaborative relationships and communication among individuals and organizations dedicated to social justice.
www.stleonards.ca | 208-211 Bronson Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario K1R 6H5 Tel: 613-233-5170
Elizabeth White, Executive Director firstname.lastname@example.org
The Salvation Army is an international Christian organization that began its work in Canada in 1882 and has grown to become the largest non-governmental direct provider of social services in the country. The Salvation Army gives hope and support to vulnerable people today and everyday in 400 communities across Canada and more than 120 countries around the world. The Salvation Army offers practical assistance for children and families, often tending to the basic necessities of life, provides shelter for homeless people and rehabilitation for people who have lost control of their lives to an addiction.
The Salvation Army in Canada and Bermuda has engaged in correctional and justice services since 1890. Through restorative practices, rooted in indigenous spirituality and Christian scripture, The Salvation Army focuses on identifying how to repair the harm done and reduce the likelihood of people committing crimes in the future, often by rebuilding relationships and addressing underlying social problems which led to the crime. The Salvation Army believes that restorative justice is the most productive approach for all parties. The Salvation Army currently engages in a variety of correctional and justice ministries across Canada, including:
- chaplaincy in courts, institutions, and the community
- drug court and mental health court support, and other court work
- residential programming for adult federal offenders and youth serving sentences or on remand
- residential addictions treatment
- pro bono legal support
- community service orders and diversion programs
- bail supervision
- electronic supervision
- counselling, reintegration support, relationship building
- group programming for adults on such topics as anger management , violence prevention, theft prevention, prostitution, substance abuse education, road rage, gambling, homemaking skills, bible study
- correctional program facilitation for Correctional Service of Canada
- programming for partners and children of offenders
- programming for youth such as substance abuse education, cognitive skills, bullying, mentoring, leadership, life skills, relationship skills
- youth justice committees
The Salvation Army offers a variety of other social services to people in need across the country, which are often accessed by people in conflict with the justice system, including emergency sheltering and housing; addictions treatment; material, social and spiritual support (community and family services); job and literacy skills programs; programs for youth; and many more.
The Salvation Army believes that all of us are created in the image of God and as such are worthy of dignity and respect. The Salvation Army is passionate about ensuring that the human rights of everyone, including those in the correctional and justice system, are respected. No one is beyond redemption in the eyes of God.
www.salvationarmy.ca | Territorial Headquarters, 2 Overlea Boulevard, Toronto ON M4H 1P4 Tel: 416.425.2111
Caitlin Bancroft, Social Services Consultant, email@example.com
YOUCAN Youth Canada Association
YOUCAN is a non-profit organization specializing in youth-led methods for non-violent conflict resolution. YOUCAN is driven by youth and community volunteers and they are the key to YOUCAN's success. YOUCAN is run by young people, from our youth board of directors from across Canada, to our volunteer youth teams.
www.youcan.ca | St. Paul's University, 223 Main St. Ottawa ON K1S 1C4 Tel: 1-888-4-YOUCAN
Dave Farthing, CEO and Executive Director Dave.Farthing@youcan.ca
Associate Member Organizations
Associate Organizations are those organizations that meet most of the criteria and admission requirements set by the Board of Directors, subscribe to the objectives of the Corporation, pay the membership dues, and are admitted by a resolution of the Board of Directors as an Associate Organization. Associate Organizations are not eligible to designate any person to be a director of the Corporation but may attend general forums of the Corporation and are entitled to designate one person to vote at Annual and Special Meetings of Members of the Corporation. Normally, travel cost reimbursement that would be paid to Full members will not be paid to Associate members.
Interfaith Committee on Chaplaincy
The Interfaith Committee on Chaplaincy in the CSC (IFC) is a Committee comprised of a broad spectrum of religious bodies in Canada whose representatives are delegated by the respective constituent faith communities for the purpose of coordinating, ensuring and supporting the ministry of the religious community through Chaplaincy Services. The Committee functions:
- in an advisory capacity to the Correctional Service of Canada
- as a liaison between Canada's churches and other faith groups and the Correctional Service of Canada
- as a partner in the recruitment/selection of chaplains, and
- as a partner in carrying out the terms of the Memorandum of Understanding between the CSC and the IFC.
Monique Marchand, President: Monique@romancatholic.kingston.on.ca
Laura Patrie, IFC Executive Secretary: firstname.lastname@example.org
Legislation respecting not-for-profit corporations which came into force in October 2011 initiated a By-Law Review to ensure NAACJ's compliance under the Canada Corporations Act and its regulations. Consequently, our Membership Policy is currently under review.
The criteria for Full Member Organizations, at present, are:
- Work in the field of social and criminal justice,
- Recognize the importance of due process provisions in the law,
- Value research as the basis for sound social policy,
- Support social development rather than punitive responses to crime,
- Are self-governing organizations,
- Exist to serve the public good,
- Do not distribute profits to members,
- Are independent of and institutionally distinct from formal structures of government and the private sector,
- Depend on volunteers to a meaningful degree (ie, Board of Directors),
- Operate on a national basis,
- Maintain an identifiable membership,
- Hold a high level of credibility,
- Are actively engaged in pursuing their stated objectives through strategies and activities acceptable in a free and democratic society,
- Are supportive of human rights, the Charter, or otherwise be equality seeking, and
- Agree to attend meetings regularly, participate in NAACJ fora and events and to designate a person to the board of directors.
Admission of an organization to Full or Associate membership is determined by NAACJ's Board of Directors.
Application Forms for eligible organizations will be available here in the coming months, upon final review of NAACJ's Membership Policy.
- Read the Church Council on Justice and Corrections' e-newsletter, The Well, by clicking here. In it you will find ongoing dialogue on the issues of general concern regarding our justice system, research and activities of CCJC and updates on the evolving issues of restorative justice.
The Church Council on Justice and Corrections has an interactive Restorative Justice Quilt that is available to groups for touring. Each square when touched activates the story of the victim or offender who created it. It can be a meaningful addition for your events.
- Victims Pastoral Care is of great concern for CCJC and we hold a victims centered event each year meant to promote healing, celebrate resilience, and provide a forum where victims can be heard.
- CoSA (Circles of Support and Accountability) is a program CCJC supports in its work with high risk offenders reentering the community. Surrounded by Circles of volunteer support for guidance, social connection and accountability, this program's success is evident with research results indicating that recidivism is 80% less if individuals have the availability of these groups when they leave incarceration.
- Working Together for Canadian Justice: The Showcase Site is a a web-based forum to improve communications about criminal justice issues. The on-line community allows organizations concerned about and contributing to the development of criminal justice policy in Canada to maintain close contact regarding a variety of pertinent issues.
- The Collaborative Justice Program (CJP) was established to assist youth offenders and those affected by crime through a restorative justice option. CJP staff facilitate direct or indirect communication between the accused, their parent(s), the victim(s), and community members. The CJP recently launched into independent status after 10 years of its creation by the Church Council on Justice and Corrections.
- Looking to volunteer? NAACJ has opportunities and suggestions. Check out our online application form or contact us for more information!
- The Canadian Friends Service Committee (CFSC) website provides information on our work and history. Check it out at quakerservice.ca!
CFSC offers community based grants to those doing justice work related to our Quaker mandate. Information and applications can be found here.
- John Howard Society celebrating: The John Howard Society of Canada celebrates its 50th year of service in 2012 and The John Howard Society of Ottawa celebrates its 60th Anniversary this year as well.
- Read about the Mennonite Central Committee Canada's work in Ontario to promote Restorative Justice at http://ontario.mcc.org/restorative.
- Learn about Restorative Justice Ministries through the Alberta Mennonite Central Committee of Canada here http://alberta.mcc.org/programs/rjm. The Mennonite Central Committee of Canada offers information, resources and stories about Restorative Justice here http://ottawa.mcc.org/whatwedo/restorative-justice.
- In August 2011, the Canadian Bar Association passed several resolutions urging federal, provincial and territorial governments action on these issues, among others (PDF files):
- Action to End Homophobic and Transphobic Bullying
- Mentally Ill Persons in the Criminal Justice System
- Justice in Sentencing
- Response to Elder Abuse
- Justice Resources
- Preserving Special Consideration for Aboriginal Persons in the Criminal Justice System
- Since 1989, ASRSQ has produced a bulletin, Porte ouverte which can be found here (french content) and also has some english articles
- In collaboration with community-based employment and employability organizations active in Québec, ASRSQ set up a website providing relevant information regarding the impacts of criminal records, which is available here www.casierjudiciaire.ca.
- Did you know? L'Association des services de réhabilitation sociale du Québec (ASRSQ) provides training for staff and volunteers of its member organizations each year. Over 25 training sessions are held each year involving over 100 staff or volunteers.
- The Seventh Step Society of Canada received a small grant from Public Safety Canada's Policy Development Contribution Program to recruit, train and develop volunteers in the Pacific Region to deliver the 7th Step Program, in the community and in the institutions. The Society is getting started in the Abbotsford region with hopes to expand to the greater Vancouver area. There is one active 7th Step self-help group going in to Matsqui Institution at present. Check out the new Seventh Step Society of Canada website: www.7thstep.ca
- Learn about the St. Leonard's Society of Canada at www.stleonards.ca or browse their newsletter, Community Connections.
- As the largest non-governmental direct provider of social services in Canada, The Salvation Army provides unprecedented support to society's most vulnerable. With the public's generosity, in 2010 in Canada:
- The Salvation Army provided 6,350 shelter, addictions, detox and mental health beds for vulnerable men, women and families in Canada.
- The Salvation Army served 2.7 million meals.
- The Salvation Army assisted 1,152,700 persons with food, clothing or practical assistance.
- Read the Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies fact sheets about:
- Aboriginal Women
- Community Options Required
- Criminalized & Imprisoned Women
- Deaths in Custody
- Health & Mental Health
- Human and Fiscal Costs of Prison
- Issues Associated with Increased Criminalization of Women
- Long Term Effects of Abuse and Trauma
- Mandatory Minimum Sentences - A Solution Looking for a Problem
- Mothers in Prison
- Violence Against Women and Children
- Young Women
- The Canadian Criminal Justice Association publishes contents and some abstracts online from the Canadian Journal of Criminology and Criminal Justice at http://www.ccja-acjp.ca/en/cjc.html.
- The Canadian Families and Corrections Network has made this resource available online for family-victims: One Step at a Time - Reshaping life following crime within the family.
CFCN’s 2007 research paper Incarcerated fathers: A descriptive analysis studied a sample of incarcerated fathers in Canadian federal correctional institutions. The research data indicated that “children of federally sentenced fathers are 2 to 4 times more likely to be in conflict with the law than Canadian children in general.”
- The Canadian Training Institute provides more than just training! CTI has published numerous training manuals including:
- A Primer on Residential Services: From a Criminal Justice Perspective,
- A Primer on Community Corrections and Criminal Justice Work in Canada,
- Youth Justice In Canada: A Resource Manual,
- A Literature Review on Youth Violence: From Risk to Resiliency utilizing a Developmental Perspective,
- An Annotated Bibliography of Residential Facility Siting Studies, and
- A Community Impact Study: the effect of locating Community Correctional Residences on property values, on crime rates and public attitudes.
- Check outCorrections and Conditional Release in Canada - A General Primer (2010)
- Kim Pate (center) receives the Office of the Correctional Investigator's Ed McIsaac Human Rights in Corrections Award(2011) from Howard Sapers (right) and Ed McIsaac.
- NAACJ's Strategic Success Process : With the generous support of Public Safety Canada, NAACJ was able to engage professional consultants from One World Inc., Tim Fleming and Sybil Frei, to help design, develop, facilitate and implement an energizing strategic review process aimed at clarifying our roles and improving relationships.
Based on the SOAR approach (strengths, opportunities, aspirations and results), the process included face-to-face engagement sessions, a partnership workshop, teleconferences, advisory group meetings as well as both internal and external interviews with NAACJ members, staff and key partners.
Members developed a vision statement and identified three priority areas, which will serve to guide our operations to 2014.
Wrapping up at the end of 2010-2011, the process and plan identifies initiatives to raise awareness about NAACJ and its member organizations on a regular basis. We look forward to working more effectively on matters of mutual concern with our partners in order to improve our contributions to criminal and social justice across sectors.
Read more about our Strategic Directions here.
- Community Empowerment through Social Enterprise : The annual joint policy workshop with the Departments of Public Safety and Justice in February 2011 was another resounding success. Community Empowerment through Social Enterprise brought together leading national experts like David LePage with international keynote speaker from the Safer Foundation, Diane Williams. Said to be the most successful joint NAACJ/PS/DOJ event in recent memory, it was reported to be responsible for encouraging the development of 12 social enterprise projects among communities and Public Safety Canada. Read the report here.
- It is the 20th Anniversary of the Corrections and Conditional Release Act in 2012. The CCRA was proclaimed into force on November 1, 1992.
- Click here to download CCJC's 2011 CoSA Gathering Report.
- Families and Corrections Journal Vol 15 No 1 (Spring 2012)'s is a must-read (PDF file). It includes a research report Family-based reintegration, as well as two articles: Volunteers and the circle of support, and Face to face with intergenerational crime.
- While the emphasis of each group's work may be different, NAACJ has developed an overarching vision of a socially responsible approach to justice that values research as the basis for sound social policy and supports equality and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
NAACJ enables and supports members to learn, energize and gain strength through meaningful dialogue with each other and with others in the criminal and social justice field. By doing so, NAACJ bolsters its members' ability to serve as catalysts for change relating to their missions of effective justice responses that uphold and promote human rights.
NAACJ's strength lies both in its diversity and its unity.
- Commissioner of Corrections Don Head (left) meets with NAACJ members at the Annual General Meeting in Cornwall, ON, September 2011.
- Patrick Altimas, ASRSQ, and Elizabeth White, SLSC
- Allen Benson, NCSA, and Mary Campbell, Public Safety Canada
- ON APRIL 11, 2012 THE AWARD WINNING, INTERNATIONALLY RENOWNED SERVICE KNOWN AS LIFELINE, PROVIDING IN-REACH PROGRAMMING TO LIFE SENTENCED PRISONERS, WAS CUT BY GOVERNMENT. For more than 20 years, life sentenced men and women who have proven their ability to reintegrate successfully have offered support, friendship and counselling to men and women serving long term and life sentences. They have offered hope ...that there can be "life after Life".
This is a huge loss to effective corrections, and the cuts will affect many hard working and dedicated staff who have committed their time to helping some of the most vulnerable people within Canada's federal institutions. The St. Leonard's Society of Canada will continue to bring updates on how we can continue to serve those in need and how we might move forward with the spirit of LifeLine.
- The Restorative Justice Division of the Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) is accepting nominations until July 12 2012 for the 2012 National Ron Wiebe Restorative Justice Award. The award is open to all Canadians who model restorative justice principles in the service of justice and peace. Please feel free to share this Call for Nominations to criminal or social justice agencies, faith groups, schools, local neighbourhood coalitions, and other communities in your network.
- Congratulations to NAACJ member Kim Pate, who received an Honourary Doctorate from the University of Ottawa on June 3 2012.
- The Mental Health Commission of Canada made history on May 8 2012 with the official launch of the first-ever Mental Health Strategy for Canada, a blueprint for improving the mental health system. Learn more here.
- The choir at Pittsburgh Institution near Kingston Ontario recently recorded a song with local music producer Chris Brown, to encourage donations to the Kingston Community Songbook project. The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) interviewed Chris Brown on the radio program As it Happens on June 7 2012. Listen to the last 15 minutes of part 3 "KINGSTON PRISON MUSIC" here: http://www.cbc.ca/asithappens/