Restorative Justice Week (RJW) was held across Canada, and throughout the world, November 19-26, 2017.
The theme for the week was Inspiring Innovation.

Restorative Justice Week is an opportunity to learn the values and principles of restorative justice and how restorative justice applies to a variety of situations in the criminal justice system and in every day challenges.

Restorative Justice (RJ) is a philosophy and an approach that views crime and conflict as harm done to people and relationships. It is a non-adversarial, non-retributive approach to justice that emphasizes healing in victims, accountability of offenders, and the involvement of citizens in creating healthier, safer communities. The goal is to reach meaningful, satisfying, and fair outcomes through inclusion, open communication, and truth.

Proclamation events:

Activities sponsored by the John Howard Society of Saskatchewan (JHSS) this year included acclaimed author Dr. Jerry Goebel.

Dr. Goebel is well known for his work with high-risk youth; focusing on education to reduce bullying, and decreasing teen disenfranchisement. Over the last few years, Dr. Goebel has been working with Social Services to build healthy outcomes for teens in Group Home settings. His topic will be “Engaging High-Risk Youth.”

In an interview during his Saskatoon visit, Dr. Goebels remarked on a possible strategy for helping young people to mature…

Dr Goebels also commented on Restorative Justice Week at a CTV news briefing in Saskatoon. Click here to view the interview.

Leading up to the week, JHSS spokeswomen took to the airwaves to help promote JHSS events and shed more light on what the Society does. Click here to view the interview.

Many people are unaware that JHSS provides housing and other supports for at risk youth throughout Saskatchewan.

JHSS events are intended to help bring to the attention of the public the work John Howard of Saskatchewan does with youth in our communities.  Besides outlining the positive effects of Restorative Justice, JHSS also recognized our community partnerships without which we could not thrive.

Equally important to celebrate during the week were the contributions from our dedicated staff. Many milestones were reached this past year and we honor  the following for their commitment to our association and its principles by which we are directed.

Various pictures of the week:

Both JHSS Board Chair Christine Boyczuk and CEO Greg Fleet were especially pleased with the events this year.

From Board Chair Boyczuk:

“Thank you for all the work you did to create such a successful Restorative Justice Week. I know there is benefit in celebrating what we do and the people who do it.

I really got a sense of pride in the people who work in the organization that you cannot get by being around a board table. There was a great “vibe” that I have a hard time describing. The service awards were a great idea; it demonstrates that the employee and the work they do is valued.

Thank you for this effort and all you do!”

…and from CEO Fleet:

“I wanted to take this opportunity to thank all of our staff at our Branches and Provincial Office for your coordination in the Restorative Justice Week events. We had a very successful week across the Province. Congratulations on a job well done!

Once again, congratulations to all staff on achieving this significant milestone in service to the John Howard Society of Saskatchewan.  Whether it is five, ten or fifteen years, JHSS has benefited from your dedication and commitment to service.  We very much appreciate you, and could not achieve our goals without you.

Thanks again for all that you do, and best wishes to each of you for continued success.

Warmest regards.”

And with that we wrap the 2017 edition of Restorative Justice Week. Plans are already underway for our 60th anniversary here in Saskatchewan this year; should be a wonderful time.