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
Eric Granger, President
Eric Granger is a criminal lawyer with the Ottawa law firm Greenspon Granger Hill. Eric obtained his B. Arts Sc. (Hons.) (Summa Cum Laude) as a graduate of the Arts & Science Program at McMaster University in 2001. He obtained his LL.B. (Magna Cum Laude) as the silver medallist in law from the Common Law Program at the University of Ottawa in 2004. Following his graduation from law school, Eric completed his articles with Greenspon, Brown & Associates (predecessor to his current firm) and has remained with the firm since his call to the bar in July 2005. Eric also teaches appellate advocacy and criminal trial advocacy at the University of Ottawa law school and is a member of the Steering Committee at the University of Ottawa Community Legal Clinic. The unifying theme of Eric’s legal practice is working for the little guy against the coercive power of the state. Having seen first-hand as a defence lawyer the great work done by the Collaborative Justice Program, Eric was pleased to be invited to join the CJP Board in 2014.
Jane Griffiths, Co-Vice 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. She served as a minister with The United Church of Canada in two congregations in West Quebec and was the United Church representative and President on the Board of The Church Council on Justice and Corrections. It was CCJC’s vision of restorative justice that inspired the model for the original 3-year pilot project of the Collaborative Justice Project at the Ottawa Court House. Jane has had a lifelong 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 providing support to individuals and families dealing with a death by suicide and focused on healing in the aftermath of such deaths. In retirement Jane relaxes by reading poetry, taking courses at Carleton University, grandparenting 3 grandchildren and working on a respectable golf score while partnering with husband, Peter.
Louise Dupont, Co-Vice President
Louise Dupont obtained her Bachelor of Social Sciences at Western University with a Major in Economics (Summa Cum Laude) in 1979 & graduated from Queen’s Law school in 1982. She completed a Diplôme D’Études Approfondies in Montpelier, France in 1991, having published a comparative study of Victims’ Rights in France and in Canada. Since 1985, she has worked as an Assistant Crown Attorney and Deputy Crown Attorney, in both official languages, for the Ottawa Crown Attorney’s Office. Louise served on the original Steering Committee of the Collaborative Justice Project, acting as a liaison between the Crown’s Office and the Project, providing guidance and wisdom regarding the workings of the criminal justice system. Louise was instrumental in facilitating the initial evaluation of CJP undertaken by the Department of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness in 2005.
Marie-Josée Frenette, Secretary
Marie-Josee Frenette is the Director of Mediation and Intake Services at the Canadian Human Rights Commission where she has worked for the past eight years. As a mediator, she prides herself in creating a facilitative, interest-based, informal and non-adversarial process in which the parties can focus on interests and solutions. She holds a Bachelor of Social Sciences (Summa Cum Laude) in Sociology and Criminology, a Masters in Criminology, as well as certifications in conflict resolution. Previously, she worked for eight years at the Office of the Correctional Investigator as an investigator, senior investigator, manager and acting director. As an ombudsman for federal corrections, she dealt with thousands of complaints in an impartial, independent and objective manner. Her work experience also extends to research work pertaining to federally sentenced women and to restorative justice in corrections, being a Manager of Policy for the Parole Board of Canada, as well as doing victim-offender mediations for a not-for-profit organization in Quebec. In her free time, you will find her running, biking, cross-country skiing, teaching fitness classes and camping.
Frances Roberts, Treasurer
Frances Roberts recently retired from a 30 year management career with Procter & Gamble. She was a global marketing director for the company’s largest brand (Pampers) and in this role, was responsible for commercial strategic plan choices and enabling local teams to realize those plans. In her capacity, Frances has worked in many countries including China, Singapore and the United States. A native to Ottawa, we anticipate her management and communications experience will bring useful skills to CJP in areas such as Strategic Planning, Fundraising and Board development. Frances was attracted to CJP after witnessing the passion and commitment of the CJP Board to the program and hearing the strong support from within Ottawa judicial community.
Brendyn is currently a PhD student in Criminology at the University of Montréal. He is entering his second year of the program, writing a thesis with delay in the criminal justice system as its topic. His previous Master’s work at the University of Ottawa centered on the use of Restorative Justice in the criminal justice system and how it comes to be used. Furthermore, he has studied Restorative Justice extensively not only through his courses but also having completed a placement at the Collaborative Justice Program. He has also had the opportunity to study European forms of Restorative Justice, having studied in Belgium for three months. In this way he has a great familiarity with Restorative Justice theory and with its practice. He is also greatly interested in mediation in its various forms and applications.
Jeffrey Bradley is a PhD student in the Law and Legal Studies Department at Carleton University. Jeffrey obtained his Master of Arts in Criminology and Honours Bachelor of Social Sciences with a double major in Public Administration and Criminology from the University of Ottawa. Jeffrey volunteers with life-sentenced prisoners at Millhaven institution through the Millhaven Lifers’ Liaison Group. Jeffrey is passionate about solving social problems and reforming the criminal justice system through preventative approaches and alternatives to incarceration including restorative and transformative justice.
Meghan has been at Bayne Sellar Ertel Carter since she began her articles in 2009. She was called to the bar in 2010 and has been practicing criminal defense law exclusively ever since. Meaghan has successfully represented people charged with various criminal offences including: drug charges; trafficking; assault and domestic assault; break and enter; theft; fraud; robbery; conspiracy; impaired driving; over 80; and fail to remain. Meaghan attended Queen's law and graduated in 2009. While in law school Meaghan worked for the National Judicial Institute, assisting in the development of educational programming for judges, with a focus on evidentiary issues in the criminal context.In addition to her broad-ranging practice, Meaghan specializes in youth criminal justice and teaches Youth Criminal Justice for the Faculty of Law at the University of Ottawa. Meaghan is a member of the Ottawa Youth Justice Service Network, and the Ontario Bar Association's Child and Youth Law Executive. Meaghan is also a committee member for Ontario Justice Education Network, which organizes justice education initiatives for youth in the Ottawa area.