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From school personnel after participating in training conducted by Educating for Peacebuilding staff:
The whole school model of restorative practice - social responsibility is basic to everything we do at school. It was a good reinforcement/reminder in September about the importance of creating a sense of community in the classroom where children feel safe to express their feelings.
From a student after participating in training conducted by Educating for Peacebuilding staff:
Thank you for giving me the chance to be a part of this and learn so much. It has made me look at life in a completely different way and it's because of this (training)."
From a youth who participated in Restorative Youth Services:
Thank you for all your help with the community hours. I know what I did was wrong but you still managed to treat me respectfully, the way everyone wants to be treated. Thank you for your kindness. I promise you guys I won't be back unless it's to say "Hi" and how well I'm doing.
From a trauma survivor who participated in the Victim Offender Mediation Program:
CJI and their Restorative Justice programs put me on the path to peace. VOMP guided me through a peaceful conversation that enabled me to get answers to questions long unanswered. I was able to ask why it happened to me, and for the very first time, I was given reasons. Those reasons gave me understanding, with understanding...came peace.
From a Community Development Worker regarding the Little Black Book (a listing of resources for youth in Surrey, Langley and Delta):
Personally, I have accompanied some of my meetings &/or discussions with youth by handing a Little Black Book to them, going through the resources that could most benefit them at the time. The Little Black Book's portability can serve as a constant reminder to a young person that support is just a phone call away.
From a workshop participant:
Great workshop, great trainer! I liked having the time given to us to reflect and ask questions. The trainer was patient and informative."