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 lawyer with the Ottawa law firm Greenspon, Brown & Associates. 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 and has remained with the firm ever since his call to the bar in July 2005.
Eric practices criminal law both at the trial and appellate level. In addition to his criminal defence work, Eric’s practice also includes related administrative law litigation as well as civil litigation acting on behalf of individuals who have civil claims arising out of their involvement with the criminal justice system. Eric also teaches appellate 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.
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.
Brendyn is currently a Master’s student in Criminology at the University of Ottawa. He is entering his second year of the program, writing a thesis with Restorative Justice as its topic. 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 also with its practice. He is also greatly interested in mediation in its various forms and applications.
Through his studies in Criminology, he came to understand that the current criminal justice system is not always able to respond to the needs of stakeholders in the wake of crime. Sometimes needs that are less legal in nature are overlooked. This is something he believes Restorative Justice is capable of rectifying. It has great potential and should be offered to all those who wish to make use of it. Through his studies and in his career, he hopes to make this possible. He happily joined the Board of Directors in January 2016 in order to start realizing this goal.
Louise Dupont, Co-Vice President
Marie-Josée Frennette, Secretary
Frances Roberts, Interim Treasurer