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PRESS RELEASE - September 22, 2013

Restorative Action Program in Langley Schools gets boost from Envision Financial

A key aspect of Restorative Action is training students to mediate conflicts between their peers. Mediation training emphasizes that each individual is responsible for resolving disputes in a rational, peaceful manner. By creating “Dialogues Circles” and “Peace Circles” with at-risk youth, the program uses mediation as a way to find peaceful, non-violent ways to resolve conflict while exploring negative behaviours like exclusion and bullying, as well as learning about healthy relationships. Staff training in Restorative Justice principles also helps teachers more effectively address conflict in everyday school interactions. The program is in demand as a highly regarded way to promote a learning environment that nurtures growth without fear. Funding from the Envision Financial Community Endowment will now help make this a reality.

Students trained as mediators consistently report that the skills they learn prove invaluable in their relationships with fellow students, friends, and family members:

  • “It has given me a whole new perspective on people and relationships.”
  • “I think this process has changed me into a better person.”
  • “I liked how close everyone got and how we learned so much in a positive and fun environment.”

Because of this work, Langley schools are becoming healthier, more productive places. Students develop self-esteem, take responsibility for their actions, and become mature, responsible adults with strong values.

CJI gratefully acknowledges the support from Envision Financial for Restorative Action in Schools. The sustainability of this program, in partnership with the Langley School District, would not be possible without their generous contribution.

PRESS RELEASE - September 22, 2013

Coast Capital Savings generously supports Fraser Region Community Justice Initiatives (CJI) and the youth in the Community

Coast Capital Savings supports Community Justice Initiative’s Educating for Peacebuilding program or Restorative Action in Schools for the 2013/14 school year. This grant plays an essential role in changing the culture in Langley schools.

Restorative Action seeks to make safer, more respectful schools and classrooms through the education of staff, students, and parents. It addresses the harm that can result to people and property from conflict situations. Students learn to take responsibility for their actions and are given the opportunity to make right the wrong. This helps them to learn from their mistakes and not to repeat them. Our hope is that schools will eventually have all staff and students trained in Restorative Action values and principles.

Young people engaging in conflicts at school are frequently at risk of breaking the law in the community. That is where Educating for Peacebuilding, Restorative Action in Schools holds its promise and success. Dozens of students have been impacted, particularly those with unique needs, in the Langley School District and will continue to be encouraged as the program progresses.

Some of the goals of the program are to:

  1. Improve the opportunities for a full education for youth especially youth at-risk;
  2. Improve the inclusion of youth in positive school and peer communities;
  3. Identify conflicts at an early stage to prevent escalation;
  4. Identify underlying issues of conflicts and enhance parental/family member involvement;
  5. Build self-confidence and a sense of empowerment among students with communication, conflict resolution and mediation skills that will be valuable in preventing and dealing with improper behaviour, and can be applied in the future to other aspects of their lives;
  6. Encourage and promote the application of restorative justice principles to help build the capacities of more schools and school districts toward achieving the above goals.

CJI would like to thank Coast Capital Savings for the generous support and for helping to maintain the work of our agency. “As one of Canada's largest credit unions we want to know: How can we help you? Whether it's providing our customers with simple financial help, being a great place to work, or giving back to our communities, we'll do our best to help. Want to know more? Visit www.coastcapitalsavings.com and chat with Julie."

PRESS RELEASE - May 13, 2013

TD Bank generously supports Community Justice Initiatives and the Youth in the Community.

The TD Bank supported Community Justice Initiative's Educating for Peacebuilding program last year with a grant of $5,000. This grant played an essential role in changing the culture in Langley schools. This year TD Bank is supporting CJI with a grant of $5,000 for two years!

The goal of Educating for Peacebuilding is to generate responses to conflict and harm in restorative ways that work to make youth aware of their responsibility for harm, to be accountable for their actions, and to arrive at solutions that are acceptable to all involved. This program equips students and staff with effective conflict resolution skills. By training conflict resolution specialists within the school system, and by fostering a restorative atmosphere, Langley schools are becoming healthier and more productive places. Students develop strong self-esteem as they learn and grow without fear, take responsibility for their actions, and become mature, responsible adults with strong values.

This program is continuing to grow throughout the Langley School District as more schools become aware of the services we offer and the direct benefits of implementing these practices in a classroom setting. We are committed to providing training and mediation assistance whenever it is requested. To meet the growing demands, plans are in place to increase trainings at schools already involved with Educating for Peacebuilding, as well as establishing trainings at additional schools seeking this program.

Educating for Peacebuilding runs every year in various Langley schools, from September through to June. Staff will meet with school administrators and teachers to establish the goals for the year and set out time-lines unique to each school. Some schools are involved with a high level of student trainings, to allow for maximum use of students for conflict mediation in the schools. Other schools request more staff and faculty trainings, in order to implement these restorative principles in the classrooms.

Support for CJI and our significant programs and projects are made possible by donations from the community, corporations and businesses. We greatly appreciate the generous contribution from TD Bank as this project would not be possible without their continued support.

 

PRESS RELEASE - July 12, 2012

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

Coast Capital Savings donated $15,000 to the Community Justice Initiatives Association to help provide anti-bullying programs and restorative justice training to students in Langley schools.

Since 2000, Community Justice Initiatives Association has been working with students in the Langley School District to provide a program called “Educating for Peacebuilding”. Coast Capital Savings’ generous support has enabled this program to continue and help create safe schools.

Educating for Peacebuilding aims to promote a culture of peace in schools, addressing issues of bullying and violence by teaching youth valuable hands-on communication and conflict resolution skills, demonstrating alternative responses to conflict, and instilling values that focus on accountability for actions.

Dan Basham, School Program coordinator and trainer for Community Justice Initiatives Association said Coast Capital’s support will help make Langley schools safer and more productive.

“We thank Coast Capital Savings for their continued support of the Educating for Peacebuilding Program,” said Basham. “This is the fifth straight year Coast Capital Savings has supported Community Justice Initiatives and the Restorative Action program. We truly appreciate their contribution and the fact that they have contributed to this project for a number of years says a lot about their commitment to improving our schools and our communities."

Restorative Action grew out of the need to create safe schools without relying on punishment and isolation to deal with discipline issues. Restorative justice focuses on responses to harm and discipline issues that are needs-based, and promote healing and accountability. This approach gives parents and educators additional strategies for effectively addressing misbehaviour, the underlying issues responsible for that behaviour, and the harm that occurs as a result.

Wendy Lachance, director of community leadership for Coast Capital Savings, said the credit union chose to support Community Justice Initiatives Association’s Restorative Action programs because it teaches youth about conflict resolution and respect.

“Coast Capital Savings is committed to building a richer future for youth in our communities,” said Lachance. “By investing in programs that help youth learn how to respect one another and understand accountability for their actions, we can help youth develop positive relationships with others and become healthy young adults.”

Educating for Peacebuilding works to address conflict situations by giving students the skills to communicate effectively, to avoid/resolve conflict among their peers, and to understand the impacts of harm on themselves, others and the community.

Coast Capital Savings Credit Union is Canada's second largest credit union with total assets under administration of $13.5 billion, 475,000 members and 50 branches in the Metro Vancouver, Fraser Valley, and Vancouver Island regions of British Columbia. Product innovations include Canada's first free chequing account from a full-service financial institution and the country's most flexible mortgage product, the You're the Boss™ Mortgage, which was named 2010 Mortgage of the Year by canadianmortgagetrends.com. Coast Capital offers one of Canada's 10 Most Admired Corporate Cultures™. It is a member of Canada's Best Managed Companies Platinum Club and an Imagine Canada Caring Company. To learn more, visit www.coastcapitalsavings.com

 

For more information, please contact:

Dan Basham
Telephone: 604-534-5515
Email: danbasham@cjibc.org
www.cjibc.org

 

PRESS RELEASE - June 11, 2012

2012 Scholarship Winners - Educating for Peacebuilding; Restorative Action in Schools

Community Justice Initiatives (CJI) in Langley, BC is pleased to announce the recipients of the Educating for Peacebuilding scholarships:

  • Lucy Clarkson, Langley Fine Arts School;

  • Aidan Wiens, Aldergrove Community Secondary School;

  • Sola Park, R.E. Mountain Secondary School.

All the deserving student mediators have been active members of their school's Restorative Action team and have been a positive influence with their peers. They have embraced the values and principles of Restorative Action and have integrated them into their school and personal lives.

Restorative Action is an effective, sustainable approach for schools to use in dealing with discipline situations. Instead of relying on punishment and isolation, Restorative Action focuses on the underlying issues that caused the conflict and works at fixing the harm created. Students are encouraged to sit down and discuss the situation in a facilitated dialogue. This type of approach is effective because students are more likely to fix their mistakes and take responsibility when they feel they have been listened to in a non-judgemental atmosphere, and fully involved in developing the solution. For students who have been harmed, they are given a voice in the process and thereby experience a sense of empowerment.

Funding for this program is provided by the Langley School District and Coast Capital Savings.

Read the full Press Release here.

 

 

PRESS RELEASE - January 18, 2012

 

Inspiring Students - Restorative Action Retreat;
Langley Fine Arts School & DW Poppy Secondary School

Picture 41 students from Langley Fine Arts and D.W. Poppy Secondary in a massive group hug. This was how they wrapped up an annual three day Restorative Action retreat at the Sts’ailes Lhawathet Lalem Healing Retreat Centre. Over the previous 48 hours students learned about Restorative Action, bonded as a group, and were inspired by a special guest speaker.

The Sts’ailes Lhawathet Lalem Healing Retreat Centre is located close to Agassiz, BC. It is a beautiful, peaceful setting with the crystal clear waters of the Chehalis river running right beside the centre. Over the course of the weekend we saw many bald eagles in the trees that line the river. Perhaps one of the best features about the location is that there is limited cell phone coverage so students are able to concentrate on the lessons without the need to text and talk on the phone. 

Restorative Action is a needs-based response to harmful conflict situations. It is grounded in Restorative Justice Values and Principles. By taking Restorative Action training, students learn to mediate conflict between their peers. These trained student mediators become a part of their schools’ Restorative Action team and help other students find peaceful ways to resolve conflict. 

During the retreat, students learned about the cycle of anger, assumptions and other factors that contribute to harmful conflicts. They learned and practiced important communication skills such as body language, empathic statements, open questions and how to truly listen to one another. By the end of the weekend the students put their skills to practice by mediating in role play situations. Perhaps more importantly, they are now able to apply the skills they learned to their own lives. 

Bonding time – Saturday night appreciation circle
The retreat was not all work. The students participated in several community building activities including an impromptu, student initiated, appreciation circle on Saturday night. In this big group activity, students shared what they appreciated about each other. Imagine your own son or daughter participating in such an activity. There is enormous benefit when young people hear peers saying wonderful things about them. 

Special Guest Speaker, Jodi Cadman
Jodi Cadman, daughter of Dona and the late Chuck Cadman, both former MP’s, was the guest speaker for the weekend. Jodi is the older sister of Jesse Cadman. On October 18, 1992, Jesse, 16 years old, was fatally stabbed by a 17 year old young man while walking home from a bus stop. It was an unprovoked and random attack as the two were unknown to each other. Before the stabbing, the offender and his friends had been partaking in drugs and alcohol. When one of the individuals saw Jesse walking on the other side of the street, they decided to rush over and start beating him. Things escalated. The offender 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 made an arrest a few days later. The 17 year old was charged and convicted of 2nd degree murder. 

In 2008, Jodi was informed that the offender was applying for parole. She wondered what programs he had been doing in prison and how he had tried to reform his life. This need for information proved to be the catalyst for Jodi to enter into a Restorative Justice process and to eventually meet face to face with the young man who had killed her brother. Although not planning to do so, Jodi forgave him at the end of the meeting and continues to be in touch with him. 

Jodi shared her story of tragic loss and inspirational forgiveness with the students. They heard about the benefit of Restorative Action and how important it is in transformational healing. The students were incredibly moved, and during the question and answer period they spoke to Jodi about transferring this learning to their own lives. 

At the end of the retreat students were asked to fill out an evaluation form. These are some of their comments:

“I think it will help any children who are unsure of themselves and need help to deal with their problems.” 

“I loved that I was learning skills that I never would have had before. They are so useful and they changed the way I think about a lot of things.”

“I think the training not only applies to mediation and conflict resolution but also to relationships in general and people skills.”

“Restorative Action helps me work out my problems with my friends and family and helps me be a better person and friend.”

“Loved it!”!

By empowering youth with these skills, they can help change their school culture for the better. As these student mediators become young adults, our communities will benefit from their peace building skills.

For more information about Restorative Action please contact:
Dan Basham (604)534-5515 danbasham@cjibc.org
Carol Griffiths (604)534-7891 carolgriffiths@sd35.bc.ca   

 

PRESS RELEASE - September 14, 2011

Coast Capital Savings supports Restorative Action Program in Langley Schools

Since 2000, Community Justice Initiatives Association (CJI), has been working with students in the Langley School District to provide a skill-based program called “Educating for Peacebuilding”. Coast Capital Savings’ generous support has enabled this program to provide students with skills and knowledge to resolve conflict through restorative processes, such as peer mediation. This invaluable support is changing the culture in the local school system.

This initiative grew out of the need to create safe schools without relying on punishment and isolation to deal with discipline issues.  Restorative Justice focuses on responses to harm and discipline issues that are needs-based, and promotes healing and accountability. This approach gives frustrated parents and educators alike additional strategies for effectively addressing misbehaviour, the underlying issues responsible for that behaviour, and the harm that occurs as a result.

Because of this work, Langley schools are becoming healthier, more productive places. Students develop self-esteem, take responsibility for their actions, and become mature, responsible adults with strong values.  Trained students consistently report that the skills they learned have proven to be valuable to them in their own relationships with friends, fellow students and family members. Students gain insight into consequences of harmful actions, the effect of such actions on others, the importance of taking responsibility for their actions, and the need to assist in "making things right".  Ultimately they intend to make better and more peaceful choices in the future.

CJI gratefully acknowledges the ongoing support from Coast Capital Savings for the “Educating for Peacebuilding” program. The sustainability of this program, in partnership with the Langley School District, would not be possible without the generous contributions of Coast Capital Savings.

For more information please contact Dan Basham 604-534-5515 or visit our website at www.cjibc.org.

Coast Capital Savings Credit Union is one of Canada's largest credit unions with total assets under administration of $12.3 billion, more than 454,000 members and 50 branches in the Metro Vancouver, Fraser Valley, and Vancouver Island regions of British Columbia. Product innovations include Canada's first free chequing account from a full-service financial institution and the country’s most flexible mortgage product, the You’re the BossTM Mortgage, which was named 2010 Mortgage of the Year by canadianmortgagetrends.com. Coast Capital is a member of Canada's Best Managed Companies Platinum Club and an Imagine Canada Caring Company. To learn more, visit www.coastcapitalsavings.com.

 

 

PRESS RELEASE - June 27, 2011

2011 Scholarship Winners

Community Justice Initiatives(CJI) in Langley, BC is pleased to announce the recipients of the Educating for Peacebuilding scholarships:  Katherine Wyne, Langley Fine Arts School and Jessica Whatley, Aldergrove Community Secondary School.  Both deserving student mediators have been active members of their school's Restorative Action team and have been a positive influence within their schools. They have embraced the values and principles of Restorative Action and have integrated them into their school and personal lives.

Katherine quotes:
"I joined Restorative Action at a very challenging time in my life. I was struggling to find peace within myself, and that made it hard for me to find peace with others. Not only did this amazing group show me how to restore relationships with others, I was able to then look at the relationship I had with myself and learn so much about who I am. Seeing how life changing Restorative Action has been to my life has made me want to pursue peace building and mediation as I go onto university". 

Katherine will be furthering her education by studying psychology at the University of Victoria.

Jessica quotes:
"I believe that a peaceful society can be achieved when we encourage accountability, healing and closure for everyone affected. As I recognized that my personal values were strongly linked to these ideals, I made the decision to participate in this program over four years at ACSS.”

Jessica is graduating from Aldergrove Community Secondary School and has been on the Restorative Action team since 2007. She will be studying psychology and criminology at the University of the Fraser Valley.

It is with a genuine sense of gratitude that we award these two young women with the CJI Educating for Peacebuilding scholarships; gratitude for the positive influence they have had in their schools which will continue to impact many others that come into their lives.

Katherine Wyne ScholarshipLeft to right: Colleen Wyne, Susan Perkins VP Langley Fine Arts Secondary, Katherine Wyne LFAS Student, Madeleine Delittle Counsellor and Restorative Action Coordinator LFAS, Dan Basham CJI Restorative Action Program Coordinator, Jon Bonnar Principal LFAS

 

 

Jessica Whatley Scholarship

Left to right: Gord Stewart Principal, Marion Crossen Counsellor, Jessica Bullock Counsellor, Jessica Whatley ACSS Student, Dan Basham CJI Restorative Action Program Coordinator

 

 

 

 

PRESS RELEASE - April 12, 2011

TD CanadaTrust helps teens foster resiliency at
Apex Secondary

Community Justice Initiatives Association will be collaborating this year with Apex Secondary School on a new program for students called "Fostering Resiliency: Building Connections, Building Community".

Apex Secondary School is an alternate high school for grades 7-12 whose mission is to re-engage students in their education, family and community through restorative practice. Community Justice Initiatives Association is a not-for-profit organization that is committed to providing peace building skills to youth in Langley School District. The project is being supported generously by Langley branches of TD CanadaTrust.

The “Fostering Resiliency” program strives to educate and equip grade 12 students with mentoring and leadership skills. Apex students must apply to be accepted into the program, and be committed to giving back to the school, the district and the community.

The focus will be on helping new junior students (ages 11-13) with life lessons, and being a positive role model and influence on school culture. Grade 12 students will go into the junior classrooms three times a week and offer guidance and advice. Through positive mentoring relationships, they will create and build a strong school community.

Outcomes of the program include: increased self esteem, enhanced team building skills, and positive leadership development.

The older students at Apex have experienced a lot of adversity in their lives. Their knowledge will help the younger students build positive futures. The program will also help all participating students become positive contributors in their community.

TD CanadaTrust presentation 
Pictured left to right: Dan Basham, CJI School Coordinator;
Linda Zanette, District Vice President, TD CanadaTrust;
Steve Hamel, Apex student; Brian Baddley, Apex student; 
Cole McTavish, Apex student; Brandon Justus, Apex student; 
Mindy Janzen, Apex Counsellor/Leadership Teacher; 
Brian Gordon, Branch Manager, TD CanadaTrust

PRESS RELEASE - February 11, 2011

Langley Fine Arts Students impacted at Restorative Action Retreat

As part of Langley School District’s Restorative Action program, Community Justice Initiatives facilitated an annual retreat weekend for Langley Fine Arts School in December 2010. The students took part in a three day training retreat at the beautiful Chehalis Healing House in Harrison Mills, BC. During the retreat, students learned the principles and values of Restorative Action and how to apply that knowledge to help resolve conflict within their school. In addition, the retreat created a unique team building experience. 

This is the fifth year of the retreat and it proved to be a powerful experience for the students. They not only learned about Restorative Action but also got to hear a personal story of strength and healing after a tragic crime. A mother, who had gone through a mediation process with the person responsible for her daughter’s death, shared her story. The students gained insight into the depth of forgiveness possible and how a terrible incident can have positive outcomes. They learned that Restorative Action can be used effectively in a range of situations from school conflicts to serious crime. The students also realized the healing power for both the person harmed and the person who caused the harm.

The training team at the retreat included Madeleine Delittle (counsellor) and Susan Perkins (Vice Principal) from Langley Fine Arts School. Madeleine and Susan were instrumental in setting a positive tone for the weekend as well as helping to facilitate the workshops. Deborah Deacon, a third year Restorative Action mediator, was responsible for facilitating all the team building activities over the course of the weekend. She did a great job and everyone had a lot of fun participating.

I am truly grateful to Jon Bonnar, principle at Langley Fine Arts for being supportive of Restorative Action at the school and allowing the retreat to go ahead this year. A special thank you needs to go to the Langley Fine Arts parent advisory council for supporting a number of students who otherwise would not have been able to attend. 

Thank you also to Coast Capital Savings for their invaluable financial support to the Restorative Action program in Langley School District. Coast Capital Savings has been supporting this valuable program since the 2007/08 school year.

For more information please contact Dan Basham at 604-534-5515 or danbasham@cjibc.org

Fraser Region Community Justice Initiatives
101 - 20678 Eastleigh Crescent  Langley, BC

 

PRESS RELEASE - November 2, 2010

Coast Capital Savings funds Restorative Action Program for the Fourth Consecutive Year

Since 2000, Fraser Region Community Justice Initiatives (CJI) has been working with students in the Langley School District to provide a skill-based program called “Educating for Peacebuilding”. This program, commonly referred to as Restorative Action, provides students with the skills and knowledge to resolve conflict through restorative processes such as peer mediation. It is changing the culture in the local school system.

As a result of this program, many of Langley’s secondary and elementary schools have created “Restorative Action Teams” comprised of students and staff who mediate conflicts between their peers when problems arise. Every student who chooses to become a peer mediator participates in a four day training which provides the tools to effectively mediate conflicts in their school. Through discussing with students about the choices they made, the negative outcomes, and the impact that it had on others, we can open the doors to a greater conversation and ultimately a greater learning from mistakes. This program aims to be inclusive of all parties affected by conflicts in schools – including students themselves as well as teachers, parents and administrative staff.

Due to its high level of success in Langley, there has been both national and international interest in this Restorative Justice program. The resource materials that were created by CJI in 2004 have become well known throughout the international Restorative Justice community and are being utilized in schools across Canada.

CJI would like to gratefully acknowledge the ongoing support from Coast Capital Savings towards the “Educating for Peacebuilding” program. The sustainability of this program, in partnership with the Langley School District, would not be possible without the generous contributions of Coast Capital Savings.   Thanks to them, CJI will be able to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the “Educating for Peacebuilding” program in 2010.  

 

 

 PRESS RELEASE - October 1, 2010

TD Canada Trust, Langley Branches generously supports Fraser Region Community Justice Initiatives (CJI) and the youth in the Community

Since 2000, Fraser Region Community Justice Initiatives (CJI) has been working with students in the Langley School District to provide a skill-based program called “Educating for Peacebuilding”. This program, commonly referred to as Restorative Action, provides students with the skills and knowledge to resolve conflict through restorative processes such as peer mediation. It is changing the culture in the local school system.

Educating for Peacebuilding works to address conflict situations by giving students the skills to communicate effectively, to avoid/resolve conflict among their peers, and to understand the impacts of harm on themselves, others and the community. Educating for Peacebuilding aims to promote a culture of peace in schools, addressing issues of bullying and violent interactions by teaching children and youth valuable hands-on communication and conflict resolution skills, demonstrating alternative responses to conflict situations, and instilling Restorative values that focus on accountability for actions. These skills and values not only impact school culture, students take them into their lives outside school, benefitting their families, friends and communities. This innovative project has directly impacted children ages 10-18 from a wide range of backgrounds in both elementary and secondary school settings; the project has also involved at-risk students from Langley’s alternate schools. It has become a model that other districts and communities seek to emulate. 

CJI has recently created a written resource in the form of a short book, with the completed title of “Educating for Peacebuilding: Implementing restorative justice principles and practices in a school system”. This book outlines how the Educating for Peacebuilding project was conceived, implemented and sustained in the Langley district. The book contains both the history of the project and the lessons learned from this unique experience, and also a range of tips and resources about school-based Restorative Justice models. It will give school districts and child/youth serving agencies a valuable tool to use when working to address issues of conflict and violence by implementing their own Restorative Justice program.

Educating for Peacebuilding is a timely resource that will respond to wide-ranging demands for information about Restorative Justice based programs in schools. This resource will assist in impacting the lives of thousands of children and youth, including at-risk children/youth, by providing communities with a guide in implementing and sustaining a valuable program like Educating for Peacebuilding. 

Support for CJI and our significant programs and projects are made possible by donations from the community, corporations and businesses. We greatly appreciate the generous contribution of $2500 in 2009 and $5000 in 2010 from TD Canada Trust, Langley Branches to help produce this book. This project would not have been possible without their continued support.

Photo from left to right:  Dan Basham, CJI School Program Coordinator; Brian Gordon, Manager, TD Canada Trust Walnut Grove

 

 

 

PRESS RELEASE - September 15, 2010

JODI CADMAN TO SPEAK AT FUNDRAISING EVENT

Jesse Cadman, son of Chuck and Dona Cadman, was attacked and murdered October 1992 at a Surrey bus stop. 17 years later, Jesse's sister, Jodi, met with Isaac, the man responsible for her brother's death, through Langley's Fraser Region Community Justice Initiatives Association's(CJI), Victim Offender Mediation Program. On Friday, October 22, Jodi will tell her story at CJI's annual fundraising dinner, which will also commemorate the agency's 25th anniversary.

Jodi is a captivating speaker who is candid about the impact of her brother's death on her and her family. It has not been an easy journey. Her story is one of courage, resiliency, and the importance of compassionate, supportive friends and family.

Two years ago, when it appeared that Isaac would be coming before the parole board for the first time, Jodi submitted a letter to the board. She was not so much interested in writing about the ongoing impact of Jesse's loss on her as she was in knowing what Isaac had been doing while incarcerated. Isaac responded by writing a letter to Jodi, offering answers to her questions. This began the chain of events that lead to Jodi traveling across the country to participate in a facilitated meeting with Isaac in November 2009.

Come hear Jodi speak about her experience of healing and transformation on October 22 at Newlands Golf and Country Club, 21025 48th Ave., Langley, BC. Doors open at 6:00 P.M., dinner at 6:45. There will also be a silent auction.

Proceeds from the dinner will be used to support CJI's restorative justice programs including the Educating for Peacebuilding Program which has been operating in the Langley School District for 10 years. Tickets can be ordered online at www.cjibc.org. For information contact Rose or Jennifer at 604-534-5515 or order tickets online. 

 

The goal of Educating for Peacebuilding is to generate responses to conflict and harm in restorative ways that work to make youth aware of their responsibility for harm, to be accountable for their actions, and to arrive at solutions that are acceptable to all involved. This program equips students and staff with effective conflict resolution skills. By training conflict resolution specialists within the school system, and by fostering a restorative atmosphere, Langley schools are becoming healthier and more productive places. Students develop strong self-esteem as they learn and grow without fear, take responsibility for their actions, and become mature, responsible adults with strong values.

This program is continuing to grow throughout the Langley School District as more schools become aware of the services we offer and the direct benefits of implementing these practices in a classroom setting. We are committed to providing training and mediation assistance whenever it is requested. To meet the growing demands, plans are in place to increase trainings at schools already involved with Educating for Peacebuilding, as well as establishing trainings at additional schools seeking this program.

Educating for Peacebuilding runs every year in various Langley schools, from September through to June. Staff will meet with school administrators and teachers to establish the goals for the year and set out time-lines unique to each school. Some schools are involved with a high level of student trainings, to allow for maximum use of students for conflict mediation in the schools. Other schools request more staff and faculty trainings, in order to implement these restorative principles in the classrooms.

Support for CJI and our significant programs and projects are made possible by donations from the community, corporations and businesses. We greatly appreciate the generous contribution from TD Bank as this project would not be possible without their continued support.

Community Justice Initiatives Association

mail@cjibc.org