It's the time of year to consider an annual membership with CJI.  Please visit our Get Involved page for more information.

Inspiring Fundraiser.

What an amazing, inspiring dinner this last Friday. Thank you all for your support!

The Province newspaper carried the story of Dona and Supriya this Monday on the front page. Read the full article here.

You are invited to
CJI's Fundraising Event

This year's event includes a full buffet dinner, silent auction, and inspirational stories from two mothers.

"In This Together"

Dona Cadman first met Supriya Deas in a courthouse under the most difficult of circumstances. Dona’s son, Jesse, had been murdered by Supriya’s son, Isaac. Many years later, in a meeting facilitated by staff from Community Justice Initiatives' (CJI's) Victim Offender Mediation Program, they spoke again.

Dona and Supriya’s telling of the story of their journey from the pain and anguish of losing a son and of being the parent of a teen who has committed a violent offence, to a place of healing, hope and peace is moving and inspiring.

CJI's Fundraising Event

Friday, November 2, 2012
Newlands Golf & Country Club, 21025 48 Avenue, Langley BC
Doors open: 6pm, Dinner: 7pm

$65/Ticket; $495/Table of 8

Purchase Tickets Here:

Fundraiser Tickets

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

Unable to make the event?  Donate to CJI online.


On October 18, 1992, Jesse Cadman, 16 years old, was fatally stabbed by Isaac Deas, 17 years old, while walking home from a bus stop.  It was an unprovoked and random attack.  Before the stabbing, Isaac and his friends had been partaking in drugs and alcohol and when one of the youths in the group saw Jesse walking on the other side of the street they decided to rush over and start beating him.  Things escalated.  Isaac pulled out a knife and stabbed Jesse in the back, piercing his heart and lung.  The youths fled, leaving Jesse to die on the side of the road.

Police arrested Isaac a few days later.  He was charged with, and later convicted of, 2nd degree murder.  Throughout the trial, there was never a reason or explanation given for the murder.  There was no reason for the senseless act of violence.  There was also no evidence of any expression of remorse.  In fact, there seemed to be no emotion whatever displayed by Isaac in the courtroom.

Dona Cadman is Jesse's mother.  Supriya Deas is Isaac's mother.  The women first met in a courthouse.  Many years later, they spoke again.

Two years ago Jesse's sister, Jodi, spoke at CJI's fundraising event.  The evening was profoundly moving as she shared her story.  This year we will hear from the two mothers, and how they came to be "In This Together".

Watch Restorative Justice Is The LAW online.

Community Justice Initiatives Association and Heartspeak Productions are pleased to announce the release of Restorative Justice Is The LAW.

Supported by findings from neurobiology, corrections and Constitutional and international law, Restorative Justice is the Law is Heartspeak Productions' most challenging undertaking to date. The film illustrates that there are obligations and opportunities to respond restoratively at every level of the justice system and that the public interest is served when the processes meet human rights obligations and satisfy sentencing objectives set out in the criminal code. It is made clear that a collective dedication to social justice, unalienable human rights and citizen participation in the legal system are as vital to implementing restorative justice as understanding our interconnectedness and creating the conditions for healing in our communities.

Heartspeak Producer Larry Moore explores the common ground between restorative Justice, human rights and the law in conversation with David L. Gustafson (MA, RCC, Fraser Region Community Justice Initiatives), John W. Conroy (Q.C. LL.B. Conroy and Company), Brenda Edwards (Legal Officer/Judicial Justice, Provincial Court of BC), Graham Stewart (MSW, E.D. John Howard Society of Canada, retired), Shannon Moore (Ph.D., Associate Professor, Dept. of Child and Youth Studies, Brock University), Elizabeth Elliott (Ph.D. Associate Professor, School of Criminology, Simon Fraser University), Howard Zehr (Ph.D., Professor, Restorative Justice, Eastern Mennonite University), Carley Julien (Alternatives to Violence Project Coordinator, Victoria Youth Custody Centre and Greater Victoria), Gabor Maté (Physician, Author, Public Speaker), Jonathan Rudin (Program Director, Aboriginal Legal Services of Toronto), Stuart Cadwallader (President, Kulus Consulting and Development), Barry Stuart (Chief Justice, Yukon Territorial Court, retired). (youtube & DVD 48 min.)

Produced by Heartspeak Productions with Community Justice Initiatives Association and funded by The Law Foundation of British Columbia.

This DVD is available for purchase from Heartspeak Productions at

Coast Capital donates $15,000 to support anti-bullying and restorative justice programs in Langley schools.

Read the full Press Release here

Educating for Peacebuilding Scholarships Presented.

Congratulations to our three 2012 scholarship winners!

  • Lucy Clarkson, Langley Fine Arts School;
  • Aidan Wiens, Aldergrove Community Secondary School;
  • Sola Park, R.E. Mountain Secondary School.

Read the full press release here.

AGM Announcement.

Community Justice Initiatives' Annual General Meeting will be held at the CJI offices on June 14, 2012 at 6:30pm. All members are invited to attend.

Edith Lando Charitable Foundation supports Educating for Peacebuilding Program.

CJI would like to thank the Edith Lando Charitable Foundation for it's generous financial support of our Educating for Peacebuilding program in Langley BC. 

This program is changing the culture in schools. The initiative has grown out of the need to create safe schools through an effective, sustainable approach that does not rely on punishment and isolation to deal with discipline issues.

Read more about this program here.

Gala Fundraiser.

CJI will once again be holding a Gala Fundraiser.  This event will be held on November 2, 2012, 6pm at Newlands Golf and Country Club, Langley BC. More details to come.

Grade 12 Scholarship Information.

CJI will be providing scholarships to Grade 12 students in Langley. Click Here to read about the criteria and to download an application form.

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