Kimberly has been working with the Collaborative Justice Program since 1999, one year after the Program opened its doors. She has been the Director since 2003 and prior to that was a Caseworker and Volunteer Coordinator with CJP. Kimberly's previous experience was working for many years with adults suffering from mental health problems. Throughout her career she has been committed to assisting individuals to achieve the best possible state of wellness. Kim believes strongly in the values of Restorative Justice and consciously applies these to her everyday life.
Amber has worked as a Caseworker with the Collaborative Justice Program since 2006. She came to the program after graduating from the University of Ottawa with a Bachelor Degree in Social Sciences with a concentration in Criminology and a minor in Psychology. Amber brings experience from police victim services, community outreach, and restaurant front end management! Amber believes wholeheartedly in the work that she does, and greets everyone who comes through the office doors with a warm smile because of this passion. She is a lover of animals, music, yoga and the colour purple.
"Restorative justice is an approach to justice that focuses on repairing the harm caused by crime while holding the offender responsible for his or her actions, by providing an opportunity for the parties directly affected by the crime - victim(s), offender and community - to identify and address their needs in the aftermath of a crime, and seek a resolution that affords healing, reparation and reintegration, and prevents future harm."
Dr. Robert Cormier, Public Safety Canada, 2002
The Collaborative Justice Program began September 1, 1998 as a demonstration project at the Ottawa Provincial Courthouse. The Program was initially sponsored by the Church Council on Justice and Corrections (CCJC). CCJC is a national, ecumenical, bilingual charitable organization mandated to assist churches and communities to reflect on and more deeply engage issues in the field of criminal justice.
The purpose of the pilot was to demonstrate that the application of a restorative approach in cases of serious adult or youth crime, would provide for a more satisfying experience of justice for all parties involved, for the victim(s), offender(s) and the community. We recognize that serious crime usually involves a greater degree of impact and therefore contributes to a greater need for a restorative approach.
Though the Program's priority will always be the more serious cases, CJP has evolved over the past 14 years to allow the acceptance of post-charge/pre-sentence cases, adult and youth, regardless of level of seriousness.
We work with adult or youth cases where:
CJP offers individual support to those affected by crime as the criminal justice process unfolds. The Caseworker supports victims in identifying and addressing their needs while ensuring that the offender understands the impact of his/her behaviour. It provides opportunities for both parties, if they desire, to work together on healing and resolution.
Referrals to the Program come from a number of sources including Judges, Crown Attorneys, Defence Counsel, Police and Probation Officers. Individuals may contact the Program to see if their particular case meets CJP's criteria for acceptance.
Board of Directors
Peter Bishop, President
Peter Bishop is a lawyer and mediator in private practice in Ottawa since 1978. He has participated as instructor, coach and skills assessor in many mediation and dispute resolution training programs. As instructor of the undergraduate course in Mediation (Laws 3006) at Carleton University for many years, his involvement with Carleton criminology students has fostered a great interest and belief in restorative justice and victim-offender mediation. So, when the Collaborative Justice Program became an independent non-profit corporation in April 2011, he was delighted to become a CJP Board Member and be able to work to expand the use of restorative justice practices in our community and justice system.
Jane Griffiths, Past President
Rev. Jane Griffiths has been involved with the Collaborative Justice Program since its inception in 1998 as a member of the Steering Committee, and since its incorporation, she has served as a member of the CJP Board.
For the past 17 years she has served as a minister with The United Church of Canada in two congregations in West Quebec. Jane was the United Church representative and President on the Board of The Church Council on Justice and Corrections, whose vision of restorative justice inspired the model for the original 3 year pilot project of the Collaborative Justice Project at the Ottawa Court House. Jane has had a life long commitment to a form of justice that is about the healing, repair and reconciliation of relationships of individuals and communities. Prior to her call to ministry Jane worked with the Survivor Support Programme, of Distress Centre in Toronto for 15 years. This program offered support to individuals and families dealing with a death by suicide and focused on healing in the aftermath of such deaths.
Jane relaxes by reading poetry, taking singing lessons, grand parenting 3 grandchildren and trying to have a respectable golf score while partnering with husband Peter.
Ian Mackenzie, Vice President
Ian R. Mackenzie is an arbitrator and mediator practicing in the areas of labour, employment and human rights. He has a B.A. and an M.A. from Carleton University and an LL.B. from the University of Windsor. He has been adjudicating and mediating workplace disputes for over ten years. Prior to dispute resolution, Ian worked as a lawyer in private practice, had various roles in public service unions and was a counsel with the Department of Justice. He has been involved in the training of adjudicators for many years and writes a column on dispute resolution at slaw.ca.
Chris Ford, Vice President
Chris Ford is a professional speaker and provides consulting services in communication, leadership, and conflict management through his company “Generally Speaking”.
Chris was the Director General of Alternative Dispute Resolution at National Defence from 2006 until his second retirement in June 2011. He spent the previous year as Director of Conflict Resolution at Citizenship and Immigration Canada.
Chris’s first career spanned 35 years in the Canadian Forces, in a variety of assignments across Canada and overseas. He retired from the CF in 2001 as a brigadier-general.
Chris holds an Applied Science degree from the Royal Military College of Canada. He is a graduate of the Defence Services Staff College in India, and earned a Graduate Certificate in Conflict Resolution from Carleton University. He was presented with the Order of Military Merit from the Governor General of Canada, and has received numerous other decorations for his military service.
Chris has been a member of Toastmasters International for over 30 years, and was the International President of the world-wide organization in 2007-08.
Trevor Brown, Treasurer
Trevor Brown is a criminal defence lawyer with Greenspon, Brown & Associates in Ottawa. Trevor has been a supporter of the Collaborative Justice Program (CJP) since he first started practicing criminal law in 2001, and has sat on the Board of Directors of CJP since its incorporation in 2011. As a lawyer, Trevor has witnessed the valuable service that CJP provides to criminal justice system participants, and has observed first-hand the positive impact of participation in the program for victims and accused persons alike. As a member of the Board, Trevor’s primary objective has been to help CJP in its continuing struggle to achieve long-term financial sustainability, so that the program can continue to serve and benefit the community at large. He hopes that this important objective comes to fruition during his tenure on the Board.
Diane McCusker, Secretary
Tiffani graduated University of South Carolina with a Bachelor of Arts, and Dalhousie University's Schulich Law School with a Juris Doctor. She practiced Criminal Defence for a couple years before moving to the Collaborative Justice Program, where she loved her work and colleagues for eight wonderful years (until funding was cut). She currently practices Labour Law with the Public Service Alliance of Canada. She has a husband, a dog, and a cat and loves them all, but not in that particular order, depending on the day.