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About this Event

The F-Word: Exploring Forgiveness (Register by clicking on the workshop title!)

Forgiveness is not a required component of restorative justice, but how can we help talk about it when it is a part of our own or our client’s experience?

In this hands-on workshop, group activities, story-telling and personal reflection exercises are designed to connect each person to his or her own story and their work with people affected by crime to explore forgiveness. A circle format enables all participants to share equally and also offers transferable tools that practitioners can use when working with clients coping with harm, victimization and offending.

Participants are invited to explore some common misconceptions about forgiveness, understand for themselves what it means and doesn’t mean, the role of apology, what self-forgiveness is about, and what to do in situations without remorse or the potential for dialogue.

Shannon also shares her personal story. She tells the story of her husband’s arrest, trial, sentencing, and the insights she gained about justice, healing and the relationship between the two as she struggled to triumph over tragedy.

Coffee & lunch will be provided!

Event Schedule:

  • 10-10:30am: Coffee & Networking
  • 10:30-12pm: Presentation
  • 12-12:45pm: Lunch
  • 12:45-4pm: Presentation

Event co-sponsored by John Howard Society of Saskatchewan, Street Culture Project, United Way Regina, and YWCA Regina.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

John Howard Society Saskatchewan Applauds Precedent Setting Ruling

 

On Monday, a decision by the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal affirmed that the rights of prisoners to due process must be maintained within the Province’s correctional facilities.

“If you are going to take away rights – you had better do it in a way that is procedurally fair,” says Nicholas Blenkinsop, counsel for Jamie Myles Mercredi. Mercredi opposed his placement at the Saskatoon Correctional Centre when placed a lower-risk unit that resulted in more cell time.

This sets a precedent in the Province, making it clear that procedural fairness applies to unit placement decisions, which are not referenced in the Correctional Services Act or Regulations.

“The decision says, ‘we aren’t going to tell you what the procedures need to be, but we looked at it – and there needs to be something in place,’ which I think is a very reasonable approach,” says Blenkinsop.

The John Howard Society of Saskatchewan advocates for safer communities and as a result more humane and just practices for those at risk or involved in the criminal justice system. The organization is grateful to see this decision.

“Procedural fairness as it relates to unit placement is an issue that affects every inmate in Saskatchewan,” says JHSS CEO, Shawn Fraser. “This is the first decision of its kind and will have an impact on how prisoners are placed going forward. We hope that it can be applied to other cases that deal with relative loss of liberties behind bars. It also helps the bigger picture: when we have peace and order in our prisons, everyone benefits.”
Media inquiries:

Blair Roberts
Communications and Administrations Officer
John Howard Society of Saskatchewan
306-520-8221
brobertssk.johnhoward.ca

Nicholas Blenkinsop
Legal counsel, CLASSIC Law
306-657-6107

The John Howard Society of Saskatchewan (JHSS) – Cornerstone Program wishes to thank SaskOutdoors and SaskLotteries for the $500.00 grant we received. This grant has allowed youth in Regina and area the opportunity to discover new and exciting ways to engage with nature.

JHSS researched many alternatives to give the youth opportunities to experience a safe, engaging day of teamwork, peer support and fun. Finding events that can be inclusive for all of the youth can be challenging, as many of our youth have issues that can make participating in dynamic events difficult to impossible. Regina Beach’s Aquatic Adventures was just the match! Some of the youth shared their thoughts on the day:

  • “With all my disabilities, I had fun and it was a new challenge for me.”
  • “Earth gives us so many beautiful things to create and see.”
  • “Spending time with people was nice.”
  • “Having fun and being inclusive.”
  • “Savoring the moments of summer.”

 

Thanks so much for the grant and the opportunity to give these kids a special day!

The John Howard Society of Saskatchewan (JHSS) would like to
recognize our President, Christine Boyczuk, on receiving the Saskatchewan Volunteer Medal.
This is a prestigious award that recognizes some of the best volunteers in Saskatchewan. Given
Christine’s exceptional leadership skills, numerous volunteer positions, and demonstrated
humility, she is a perfect role model to the people of our province.
Christine was elected to the JHSS Board of Directors in 2015, serving as Vice President before
becoming President in 2017. Her strong commitment and dedication to the JHSS has been
evident since she joined the Board. Christine brings an extensive background in governance
having chaired the Provincial Special Education Review for the province of Saskatchewan
(producing the government report Directions for Diversity in 2000). She has served on numerous
boards, most notably as chair of the Provincial SIAST Board of Directors, Vice Chair, Moose Jaw
YMCA Board of Directors, member of the Canadian Mental Health Association Moose Jaw
Branch, Board, Vice President of the Friendly City Optimist Club and an active member of the
Wakamow Rotary Club.
Christine was most recently named the Moose Jaw Citizen of the Year for 2017 for her
commitment to volunteerism in her community and the province. Many people describe Christine
as someone who leads the charge to address a need in the community. Christine does not expect
recognition for her work, but does this work because she legitimately wants to improve the lives
of people in her community.
She has been a strong supporter of many non-profit organizations and her work has had a positive
impact on the entire Province of Saskatchewan. The JHSS congratulates Christine on this award
and feels honoured to have one of the best volunteers as the President of their Board.
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ABOUT JHSS
The John Howard Society of Saskatchewan (JHSS) is a well-established non-profit provincial
organization that provides effective, just, and humane services in response to the causes and
consequences of crime, and assists individuals who are at risk or are involved in the criminal
justice process. Because “If Not Us, Then Who”. The organization is named after John Howard,
a philanthropist and early English prison reformer. JHSS has been incorporated since 1958.
For additional information, please visit www.sk.johnhoward.ca.
For more information:
Ben Feist
Second Vice Chair of the Board
John Howard Society of Saskatchewan
benedict.feistusask.ca
1-306-361-9831 (cell)

The Board of Directors of the John Howard Society of Saskatchewan (JHSS) is pleased to announce that Shawn Fraser will be assuming the role of Chief Executive Officer for the John Howard Society of Saskatchewan on April 8, 2019.

 

Shawn served as the Executive Director of Carmichael Outreach, a non-profit in downtown Regina, following which he served as a Regina City Councillor from 2012 to 2016. Shawn is currently serving as the Senior Director of Partnership Initiatives for the YMCA of Regina overseeing the Homelessness Partnership Strategy in Regina and across rural Saskatchewan.

 

We wish to thank the current Operational Manager, Cindy Babcock, who has done a remarkable job in serving as the lead in the work of the John Howard Society during the transition period. The work of JHSS continues to provide services to the communities of Moose Jaw, Prince Albert, Regina and Saskatoon.

 

The John Howard Society of Saskatchewan (JHSS) is a well-established non-profit provincial organization that provides effective, just, and humane services in response to the causes and consequences of crime, and assists individuals who are at risk or are involved in the criminal justice process.  Because “If Not Us, Then Who”.  The organization is named after John Howard, a philanthropist and early English prison reformer.  JHSS has been incorporated since 1958.

Christine Boyczuk

Board President

Dear Member,

On behalf of the JHSS, Notice is hereby given that the Annual General Meeting of the Members of the John Howard Society of Saskatchewan (the “Corporation”) is called for and will be held at the Travelodge Hotel Regina, Cambridge Room (4177 Albert Street, Regina, SK) on the 22nd day of June, 2018 at the hour of 6:30 p.m. for the following purposes:

1. To receive the financial statement summary and Annual Report of the Corporation for the financial year ending March 31, 2018.
2. To elect Directors of the Corporation
3. To re-appoint the Auditors of the Corporation for the ensuring year.
4. To transact such other business as may properly be brought before the meeting.

Please RSVP your attendance by Friday, June 15 no later than 12:00 p.m. to cbabcocksk.johnhoward.ca

Citizen of the year for Moose Jaw was awarded  today and  John Howard Society of Saskatchewan is pleased to announce its Board President  received the honor.

In accepting, Christine Boyczuk, remained true to her ever humble demeanor ,while acknowledging the others who had been nominated, saying “really, they had deserved the win.”
 She said,”sometimes things look insurmountable but with a few good people, a lot of energy and hard work, conditions can improve.”
Paraphrasing from one of her favorite inspirational poems, Christine said “lots of folks like to go it alone like the eagle, but its best to be more like a flock of geese..where it much better to achieve ones goals in community.”
A contingent from JHSS was in attendance at the awards luncheon which really meant a lot to Christine.
The board and staff wish to congratulate Christine and express genuine appreciation for her leadership.

The John Howard Society of Saskatchewan wishes to recognize one of its own.

JHSS Board Chair Christine Boyczuk has been nominated as Moose Jaw Citizen of the year.

Christine was elected to JHSS Board of Directors in June 2015, serving as Vice President and Chair of the Governance Committee before becoming the President of the Board.

As a former educator, Christine has been a Language Arts Consultant, Gifted Education Consultant and Special Education Consultant, Superintendent, Assistant Director of Education and Director of Education.  Christine retired as the Regional Intersectoral Committee (RIC) Coordinator for the Moose Jaw South Central Region and currently, is the part-time Literacy Coordinator for the Moose Jaw and District Literacy Network.

Christine brings an extensive background in governance having chaired the Provincial Special Education Review for the province of Saskatchewan (Directions for Diversity). She has served on numerous boards, most notably as chair of the Provincial SIAST Board of Directors, Vice Chair, Moose Jaw YMCA Board of Directors, member of the Canadian Mental Health Association Moose Jaw Branch Board, Vice President of the Friendly City Optimist Club and an active member of the Wakamow Rotary Club.

Christine was a recipient of the provincial volunteer Centennial Medal, a SIAST Honorary Diploma, the Moose Jaw Police Community Safety Award and the PRISM Lifetime Achievement Award. Accomplishments she is proud of are the collaborations with others in establishing the Moxie Club, a program for children with Autism; implementing the HUB approach in Moose Jaw, an intervention program for at-risk individuals; implementing the Moose Jaw Drug Court; planning the Moose Jaw Family Centers and the region-wide Violence Threat Risk Assessment Protocol and Practice.

The Citizen of the Year Award coordinated by the local Chamber of Commerce will be announced on Thursday, January 18 at a luncheon which will be held at the Heritage Inn in Moose Jaw. Tickets are $30.00 and the registration deadline for this event is Tuesday, January 16. The luncheon will also feature Mayor Fraser Tolmie and his annual “State of the City” address.

On behalf of the JHSS Board of Directors, it is with sincere regret that I announce that Greg Fleet, CEO, will be on a leave of absence until further notice. We extend our very best wishes to Greg while he is away.         
 
The Board has appointed Jaime Boldt who will assume the role of interim Chief Executive Officer (CEO). 
 
From all of us on the Board, we appreciate your ongoing support, and look forward to continuing to work together in making a meaningful difference in our community. 
 
Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact Jaime Boldt at (306) 527-1415 or jboldtsk.johnhoward.ca" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">jboldtsk.johnhoward.ca. Thank you. 
 
Christine Boyczuk
President of the Board
JHSS Board of Directors