During Restorative Justice Week, we want to highlight community champions that embody the principles and practice of restorative justice in our Province.
Donna Blondeau has been the Victim Services Coordinator with the Moose Jaw Police Service since 1994. Donna brings a wealth of education and experience to her role, having received her Bachelor of Arts Advanced Degree in Psychology and being a Certified Trauma Services Specialist. She also trains the community on issues related to Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder and has been a presenter at the Saskatchewan Police College. Donna is also licensed as a Heartmath Qualified Coherence Advantage Instructor for First Responders and as a Coach/Mentor for Building Resilience.
In 2015, she started the Intervention K9 program and became handler to the good-est boy in the whole wide world, Kane! Kane assists Donna in her role of supporting individuals and families that have been victims of crime. Kane was chosen specifically for this job because of his calm temperament and stable demeanor.
Donna and Kane support our work at John Howard Society of Saskatchewan by volunteering as a Victim Surrogate team on behalf of those who have been harmed, standing in the gap during mediation as we seek restorative justice for both the offender and victim. While Donna stands in as the victim, Kane assists in helping to reduce the stress for individuals in highly emotional situations.
Kane is a positive distraction for those struggling through the process, and proves to be especially effective in supporting children and persons with disabilities. Donna received special training to handle Kane, and they work together as a team to bring healing in the midst of trauma and hurt. They work together as a team, and the city of Moose Jaw is better for it!
Thanks, Donna and Kane! We are grateful for you both.