Sheri Halladay, Program Coordinator
Sheri began as a volunteer with the Community Justice Program in 2000. In 2001, she was honored to become a staff member. Sheri has witnessed restorative practice broaden to include communities of care with victims’ & offenders’ families and friends participating in collaborative processes called forums, conferences or circles.
Sheri holds restorative practices in very high regard as you can tell by the passionate way she speaks about the process. She is amazed at the authentic and genuine emotions that are shared, the body language that is translated and the positive attitude that steps out. Sheri has endorsed and supported the relationships that are mended and strengthened in our community.
Sheri is the mother of two adult daughters whom she adores… because they make her so proud.
Sheri loves nature walks with her partner and their jack russells, picking up shells, sticks and treasures…
Andrew Lynch, Community Animator
Andrew is a retired elementary school principal who moved from Ottawa to an old stone farm house in Lanark County at the end of 2012 with his partner Bonnie Allen. This not only has proven to be a welcome change from city life, but has afforded them endless opportunities to learn about the challenges of renovating and updating an old building.
After graduating from Queen’s University in 1974, Andrew schussed the ski slopes of Banff and worked for a couple of large financial institutions before, much to his surprise, he found his calling as a teacher. During his graduate studies and throughout his career, Andrew deepened his understanding of curriculum implementation, teaching methodology and learning assessment at the school and system level. However, his real passion was, and remains, developing inclusive school cultures which support meaningful learning for all students in a caring and safe environment. As a newly trained facilitator with LCCJP, Andrew has seen the power of restorative justice to give voice to all stakeholders in a wrongdoing, thereby helping them identify the harm done and build consensus on how that harm can be healed. He believes fervently that implementing a spectrum of restorative practices in schools and other organizations has the power to effectively support youth in becoming resilient and confident learners, and caring, responsible members of their communities.
When not preoccupied with finding ways to make the world a better place or with working on his property, Andrew continues to pursue his lifelong interests in music, photography and self-propelled travel on water and land.
Elle Halladay, Community Coordinator
Elle wholeheartedly believes in the positive healing affects of communication and connection fostered deep within restorative approaches. She values the importance to understanding the impacts our actions have on others.
Originally from Lanark County, Elle travelled abroad to compete competitively in show jumping whilst obtaining her Bachelors of Science, focused on investigating physical activity and nutritional elements of health and disease. Presenting her dissertation at the British Association of Sport and Exercise Science conference, Elle was introduced into the influences of environmental and social determinants affect on health, inspiring her to complete a Masters of Science.
Returning to the community as a volunteer with the Lanark County Community Justice Program in 2014, Elle shared her enthusiasm of the impacts of restorative approaches within a social context on public well-being. Spending time in Vancouver, Elle had the opportunity to work with the Battered Woman Support Services supporting women who had experienced violence through prevention and intervention training. Elle has witnessed the magic that happens when people are provided a space to feel safe and included to foster communication and relationships.
Elle can usually be found with her husky at the dog park, out hiking, road tripping or curled up with a good book.
Sarah Bingham, Executive Director
Originally from Northern Ontario then Ottawa, Sarah Bingham has been a long time Lanark County resident, moving here in 1999 with her husband. They are raising their two children in Carleton Place and quite appreciate the many joys of living in small town Canada and rural Ontario.
Sarah left the private sector many years ago, having worked for two multi-national corporations, to follow a more purpose-driven path. She has a clear vision of working collaboratively with community partners to create safety, inclusion, equality and dignity for everyone. She is a passionately engaged advocate to see positive, lasting change in our society.
Sarah has many years of social service experience, having worked in shelters for abused women here in Lanark County and in Calgary, as well as a shelter for homeless youth in downtown Calgary. She has a degree from Carleton University in Political Science and has attended countless additional trainings and workshops- she is as passionate about learning as she is about the power of restorative approaches!
Sarah has extensive skills in crisis counselling, public education, curriculum building, research, program evaluation, child and youth work, facilitation, fundraising, grant-writing and project management. She specializes in building community capacity to prevent and respond to violence, crime and harm of all sorts as well as promoting healthy relationships and stronger communities.
In her spare time Sarah is a voracious reader, member of the Lanark County Live Poets Society (aka LiPS), she loves camping, her bullmastiffs, Motown music and spending time having fun with her family.