In late 2002, Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Canada (PSEPC) awarded a 3-year evaluation program grant, which was dependent on partnership funding.The partnership funding was secured in September 2003 through the Ontario Trillium Foundation, an agency of the Government of Ontario. Through this program LCCJP was part of a national study on the efficacy of restorative justice.
Also in 2003, Lanark County Community Justice Program (LCCJP) achieved charitable status, allowing for the issuance of tax-deductible receipts for qualifying donations. In August 2004, LCCJP received $75,000 from Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Canada. The Ontario Trillium Foundation continued to support LCCJP’s work in the community with a grant awarded in August of 2006. These funds allowed our dedicated volunteers to continue to provide services to our community in spite of a lack of regular program funding. In August of 2007, LCCJ was honoured to become a member agency of the United Way Lanark County.
As the LCCJ program grew following incorporation, we partnered with the OPP and RCMP to train additional new volunteers in the facilitation of Community Justice Forums. In addition, our first part-time staff person was hired in November 2003 as a Program Coordinator. In January 2004, the Coordinator became a full time position and we hired a full time Administrative Coordinator. March 2006, Marion Taylor Forum Coordinator resigned and Bill Code replaced Marion as Acting Forum Coordinator. In October 2006, LCCJ was selected as a one of the Ontario Youth Justice Committee sites (YJCs). YJCs use trained community volunteers to meet with young people between 12 and 17 alleged to have committed non-violent offences and their parents, along with the victims to talk about what happened, who was impacted and how the harm can be repaired.
NOTE: This history is a work-in-progress and we welcome input from anyone who can add missing information. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you can supply the missing pieces. We would also love photos from the past if you have any to share.