Through Lanark County Community Justice Program, we facilitated a forum involving 2 male youths. The offender was charged with publication of an intimate video and making harassing phone calls against the complainant. The complainant had chosen not to participate in the forum but did state that he wanted the incident to be put behind him and that he did not want anything bad to happen to the offender because at one time they had been very good friends.

The offender and his mother were eager to participate in the community justice forum. At the pre-forum interview we were impressed read more...

"I am extremely sorry for my actions and disrespect, especially towards the police officer and the rest of the community. My actions affected the fire department and ther families. Also I'm very sorry to anyone who was scared or shocked as I have been in shocking and life changing moments as well."........  (from an adult accused person)

"As the accused's mother, I wish to express my great appreciation for my son having the opportunity to hear from others involved in the crime and understand how broadly his actions affected people in the community."........ (from the mother of an accused)

Thank you for the opportunity to help these students understand the impact of their actions and for continuing to support the school community in the way that you have.......from a school representative who participated in a community justice forum.

Thank you for volunteering your time to help us resolve this matter........from a community justice forum participant.

I came in here feeling a lot of anger and resistance to the whole process but my anger disappeared and I feel a lot better and hope we continue to heal....from a complainant participating in a community justice forum.

The Forum was run in a professional, informed and efficient manner..... (from a police officer)

Since participating in a community justice forum, my son is making better choices of friends and his grades at school are improving. He is participating in sports rather than hanging out downtown after school hours.   (from a parent)

I am going to take this opportunity to share with you a little about a young man who came to us to complete his community hours, via the Lanark County Community Justice Program. We can call him Mike. Mike is a young man who wandered off the straight and narrow path, with the help of a friend. Like many young people Mike lacked confidence, struggled in school and wanted to be liked and popular. This made him vulnerable to be talked into making some bad choices, which lead to a potential charge of theft. Mike's luck changed when someone in the legal system nominated him as a candidate for read more...

I have been a restorative justice community facilitator for three years and feel that it is one of the most significant roles that I play in my community. The training is so extensive that it has not only given me confidence as a forum facilitator but has translated into skills that benefit other roles that I play in my life. I am the Coordinator of the Expressive Arts Graduate Program at Fleming College where I find myself often having to facilitate conflict amongst group members. I now handle conflict using many of the methods of conducting a forum. It has been duly noted by college read more...