Correctional Service of Canada

Correctional Service of Canada

November 19, 2013 15:02 ET

15th Annual Presentation of the Ron Wiebe Restorative Justice Award

Restorative Justice Week-November 17-24, 2013

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Nov. 19, 2013) - Last night at a ceremony in Toronto, Ontario, Correctional Service of Canada's (CSC) Assistant Commissioner of Correctional Operations and Programs, Fraser Macaulay, presented the 15th annual Ron Wiebe Restorative Justice Award to Ms. Gillian Lindquist, as part of the 2013 National Restorative Justice Symposium.

Ms. Lindquist reflects a new generation of young, dedicated and talented leaders in the field of restorative justice in Canada. Her hard work and perseverance has helped advance the use of restorative justice approaches within the workplace, academic institutions, and the criminal justice system.

"It is with great pleasure that I congratulate this year's Ron Wiebe Restorative Justice Award winner Ms. Gillian Lindquist. Restorative justice is a vital part of the correctional process and an integral part of CSC's mission," said CSC Commissioner Don Head. "I am proud of the role that CSC plays in recognizing this deserving Canadian and the contributions she has made to restorative justice."

Ms. Lindquist has accomplished much in the few years since she became the Program Coordinator with Restorative Justice Victoria, an organization that has flourished under her leadership. Her belief in restorative justice and her capacity for relationship building have facilitated the development of partnerships with many agencies, including the Attorney General's office, local Universities, and the Victoria Police, thereby increasing the use of restorative justice approaches in British-Columbia. Moreover, she has created and implemented a number of innovative, successful restorative justice models and programs, while actively promoting and enabling the evaluation of such programs.

Ms. Lindquist has shown a passion for teaching restorative justice by training university staff and students in restorative justice practices, as well as designing and instructing a 16-week online course for British-Columbia police officers. She is also part of a training team that teaches restorative justice to program volunteers and staff throughout the province.

Ms. Lindquist's integrity is astounding and ever present. She is an outstanding practitioner who inspires fellow practitioners to be their best, who shows compassion and wisdom in her work, and who lives restorative justice principles in her own life.

Correctional Service of Canada

BACKGROUNDER

Restorative Justice

  • Restorative justice (RJ) works to repair the harm caused by crime and promote healing through peaceful and collaborative means. RJ is about giving all parties involved the opportunity to take an active role in a safe and respectful process that allows for open dialogue between the victim, offender, and the community.

  • RJ is a non-adversarial, non-retributive approach to justice that emphasizes healing in victims, meaningful accountability of offenders, and the involvement of citizens in creating healthier, safer communities.

  • In 1996, the Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) established a dedicated unit to explore emerging trends and initiatives in the fields of restorative justice and dispute resolution. CSC now has a National RJ Division that develops training, public education activities, restorative justice programs for federal offenders, and provides victim-offender mediation services to those impacted by crime.

  • The first 'Restorative Justice Week' was celebrated in 1996. Restorative Justice Week is celebrated in communities and at institutions all across Canada to acknowledge the impacts and achievements of the RJ approach and its application. Each year, Restorative Justice Week takes place the third week of November.

  • In 1999, CSC established an award to honour the late Ron Wiebe, former Warden of Ferndale and Elbow Lake minimum-security institutions. Mr. Wiebe was a pioneer in the field of restorative justice. The National Ron Wiebe Restorative Justice Award is given annually to recognize Canadian individuals and/or groups who model RJ principles in the service of justice and peace.

  • In 2004, CSC expanded its capacity to provide victim-offender mediation services nationally through the Restorative Opportunities program; beyond the services provided solely in the Pacific Region since the early 1990's. Through this program, victims can ask questions, obtain information, describe the crime's impact to the offender and find ways to address -- where possible -- the damage caused by the offender's actions.

  • CSC also explores and encourages the application of RJ in prison and community/parole operations by supporting pilot projects and initiatives that contribute to implementing RJ in the correctional environment.

  • The principles and values of RJ can be found in several of CSC's core values, which emphasize individual dignity, respect and potential, as well as those that recognize the importance of community connections and partnerships. The dedicated activities of CSC's Restorative Justice Division and the related work of other Branches, Sectors and Regions, has established CSC as a prominent partner in the restorative justice movement.

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