Thank you!

Community Justice Initiatives’ (CJI) fundraising dinner last week, "Coming Full Circle", proved to be a wonderful evening.  The story of healing shared by Katy Hutchison was an inspiration to all who attended.  

The CJI Board and Staff would like to thank each of you for supporting this work through your presence at the dinner, your donations, and your ticket purchases.

Together we can continue to play a role in creating more stories of healing and peace – through the Victim Offender Mediation Program, through CJI's work with children and youth in schools, and through training others locally and internationally in restorative justice.

For more information on Community Justice Initiatives, visit the CJI website.


And a BIG Thank You to our Auction Sponsors:

BC Lions, Cactus Club Cafe, Cathy Smith, Crystal Vision and Hearing, Debbie Mozelle Optical, Double Exposure Photography, Evolution Yoga Studios, Fitness Unlimited, Fraser River Safari, Garth Butcher, Heartspeak Productions, John & Marlene Unrau, Kernels Popcorn Willowbrook, Pacific Theatre, Purdy's Chocolates Willowbrook, Spa Pure, Vancouver Aquarium, Van Houtte, Valley View Funeral Home, Walter Smetschka, West Central Building Supplies, West Jet, Will Rempel Team - RE/MAX

 Local Rotaries support Restorative Action.

CJI, and the Restorative Action program, recently received a generous grant from the Aldergrove Rotary Club to support the our work in Aldergrove Schools. Thank you for your support!

Dan Basham from CJI (left) receiving the cheque from
members of the Rotary Club of Langley

CJI also was the recipient of the Tip 'n Taste Event recently held by the Rotary Clubs of Langley, Langley Central and Langley Sunrise. Thank you everyone for your part in supporting the work we do in Langley Schools.

Tip n Taste Event

Left to Right:  Dave Gustafson, Executive Director,
Community Justice Initiatives; Dr. Brendan Martin,
President, Rotary Club of Langley
 

You are invited to
CJI's Gala Fundraising Event

This year's event includes a full buffet dinner, silent auction, and a story of tremendous courage, inspiration and transcendence.

"Coming Full Circle"

Katy Hutchison waited five agonizing years from the time of the murder of her husband Bob in Squamish for the people responsible to be arrested. As the mother of four year old twins, Katy had determined early that the rest of her life could not be about grieving her losses; there had to be a way to find light and life in the midst of the darkness and death that enveloped her and her family.

Not long after the young men responsible for Bob’s death had been sentenced to prison terms, Katy writes, “I discovered an incredible organization called Community Justice Initiatives (CJI) and was able to organize a Victim-Offender Mediation between Ryan and me.”

Read more of Katy's inspirational story below. 


Event Details:

Friday, November 7, 2014
Newlands Golf & Country Club
21025 48 Avenue, Langley BC

Doors open: 6pm, Dinner: 7pm
$30/Ticket; $225/Table of 8
 

ONLINE TICKET SALES ARE NOW CLOSED.

 

 

For more information, or to purchase tickets by cheque or cash, contact the CJI office at: mail@cjibc.org or 604-534-5515.  


"Coming Full Circle"

Katy Hutchison waited five agonizing years from the time of the murder of her husband Bob in Squamish for the people responsible to be arrested.   As the mother of four year old twins, Katy had determined early that the rest of her life could not be about grieving her losses; she would have to turn her energies to things that would prove life-giving, for the twins, for herself, for others.  There had to be a way to find light and life in the midst of the darkness and death that enveloped her and her family.  Her story is one of tremendous courage, inspiration and transcendence.

Not long after the young men responsible for Bob’s death had been sentenced to prison terms, Katy writes, “I discovered an incredible organization called Community Justice Initiatives (CJI) and was able to organize a Victim-Offender Mediation between Ryan and me.” At the end of a remarkable day-long face-to-face meeting facilitated by CJI staff, “…I told Ryan I had forgiven him.” Those words would transform Ryan’s life.

In the years since, Katy has presented to thousands upon thousands of high school students, community groups, correctional facilities and conferences in Canada and internationally, on many of those occasions, presenting together with Ryan following his release from prison.  Ryan is clear that “Katy’s forgiveness is the most incredible thing that anyone has ever given me.  It changed my life.”   While Ryan and Katy no longer present together, both continue to make important contributions in the lives of others. 

Katy has come “Full Circle”, from devoting her life to the nurture and health of her own infant children (who, in their early twenties now are a testimony to the wisdom of Katy’s choices) to educating and nurturing the people who flock to her and hear her gladly, in the responsibility and the value of living restoratively.

 

Changing School Culture.

Students in the Langley School District were recently asked why they joined their schools' Restorative Action (RA) Team.

Hear their answers in a video produced by Emma Mackie, a 2014 Brookswood Secondary School Graduate.

RA Teams

 

Students are making an impact.

Community Justice Initiatives (CJI) in Langley, BC is pleased to announce the recipients of the Restorative Action scholarships:  

  • Catrina Thomas, Langley Fine Arts School
  • Alicia Harris, Langley Secondary School

Read more about the scholarship winners here.

Annual Report Released.

CJI has just released the 2014 Annual Report.  Check out how we have been helping in the Langley School District, in the Federal prison system, and throughout Canada & the world.

CJI Annual Report - 2014

Educating for Peacebuilding - School Program Worker job posting

This is a full-time, seasonal position with CJI, corresponding with the school year (September-June).  It offers the unique opportunity to be part of an innovative partnership between CJI and the Langley School District in providing a Restorative Justice based program aimed at systemically changing school culture.  The program's focus is on implementing principles of "Restorative Action" which encourage responses to harm and discipline issues that are needs-based and promote healing and accountability.  The program provides training for students, educators and staff in the Restorative Action concepts and equips them to deal with conflict situations using tools such as mediation and conferencing.  Program staff provide support during conflict situations and act as ongoing liaisons/consultants with participating schools.

See the attachment for a full job description.

Please note that only the most suitable candidates will be contacted for an interview.

CJI's AGM.

CJI will be holding it's Annual General Meeting on Tuesday, June 24th at 6:30pm.  The meeting will be held at the CJI offices.  Members are invited to attend.  Please RSVP to mail@cjibc.org or 604-534-5515 if you plan on attending.

Membership with CJI.

CJI has pioneered and administered programs, training services and processes that result in meaningful, satisfying outcomes for a variety of conflict situations.

We are grateful for the people whose lives have been moved by the work of this agency.  You are an important part to the continuing work of CJI.  

Please become a member or renew your membership today!

Membership fees are $15.00 per year (April 1 - March 31) and can be processed securely on-line by visiting our website.

 Save the Date!

Great News! CJI will once again be hosting our annual Fundraiser Dinner - November 7, 2014.  

More details to come.

 

 

Community Justice Initiatives Association

mail@cjibc.org