Correctional Service of Canada

Correctional Service of Canada

November 20, 2005 08:00 ET

CSC: 2005 Ron Wiebe Restorative Justice Award Recipient Announced

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Nov. 20, 2005) - Mr. Dave Farthing, Executive Director of Youth Organizing to Understand Conflict and Advocate Non-Violence (YOUCAN), of Ottawa, Ontario, was awarded the 7th Annual Ron Wiebe Restorative Justice Award during a ceremony at Parliament Hill in Ottawa yesterday evening.

Mr. Farthing has been dedicated to creating safer communities and schools across Canada for over 10 years, and he continues to advocate non-violence and promote conflict resolution. He was a pioneer in establishing peer mediation and peer counselling groups while attending high school in Ottawa, Ontario. In 1995 he was granted a fellowship to study conflict resolution at the Canadian Institute for Conflict Resolution based at St. Paul's University in Ottawa, and the first to concentrate his studies on providing conflict resolution programs to youth.

"His commitment to teaching our youth alternatives to violence clearly demonstrates the positive impact of conflict resolution practices," says Correctional Service of Canada's Commissioner Keith Coulter. "The participation of youth to support innovative and fresh approaches to conflict resolution in corrections is fundamental to the future of our communities and to public safety."

Since 1997 Mr. Farthing has been the Founding Executive Director of YOUCAN and was the youngest CEO of a national non-governmental organization. YOUCAN is a non profit organization with a mission to equip and inspire others to peacefully resolve conflicts and develop healthy relationships in their communities. YOUCAN has become one of Canada's leading national organizations run for youth, by youth. Mr. Farthing's commitment to youth empowerment and conflict resolution has made a significant difference in the lives of Canadians.

YOUCAN was one of 10 award nominees from across Canada. The 2005 Ron Wiebe Restorative Justice Award ceremony was one of the highlights of this year's Restorative Justice Week, November 13-20, 2005.

Created by Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) in 1999, the Ron Wiebe Restorative Justice Award honours the late Ron Wiebe, former CSC Warden of Ferndale and Elbow Lake Institutions in British Columbia, for his inspiration and commitment to the field of restorative justice. The award recognizes Canadians who have demonstrated, through their work or lifestyle, ways of transforming human relationships by promoting communication and healing between people in conflict, including victims, offenders, colleagues, families or neighbours.

Contact Information

  • Correctional Service of Canada
    Restorative Justice and Dispute Resolution
    Terry Richardson
    (613) 996-0373
    or
    Correctional Service of Canada
    Christa McGregor
    Media Relations
    (613) 371-6207
    www.csc-scc.gc.ca