Consortium and Community Partners to Host Panel on Restorative Justice




November 20, 2017


On Wednesday, November 22 the Relationships First: Restorative Justice in Education Consortium including the Provincial Advisory Council on the Status of Women NL, in collaboration with the Public Legal Information Association NL, the NL Sexual Assault Crisis and Prevention Centre and YWCA-St. John’s will be hosting “Relationships First: Restorative Justice in Classrooms, Courtrooms and Community”. The evening panel will be held from 7-9 pm at MUN’s Faculty of Education Building (Room 1020) and will explore the use of restorative justice approaches to address challenges in our education and legal systems, including access to justice, increased demand on our courts and correctional facilities, the well-being of youth, and the need for safer, healthier communities.

“The panel is the inaugural event of the Kim Cole Relationships First Memorial Fund.  Kim was an artist, a teacher and passionate believer in relational and restorative justice approaches.  It was just a year ago that Kim’s life was cut short by cancer, but her memory and her spirit will continue through the work to advance restorative justice,” says Consortium director and Faculty of Education professor, Dorothy Vaandering.

Session panelists include: Honourable Andrew Parsons; Minister of Justice and Public Safety, RNC Deputy Chief Paul Woodruff, Roxanne Skanes; retired teacher and school administrator, Melendy Muise; Support Specialist with the Coalition Against the Sexual Exploitation of Youth (CASEY), Amy Hunt; Vice Principal, Halifax Regional School Board & Facilitator, Nova Scotia Restorative Approach and Patricia Gorham; Director Strategic Initiatives, Nova Scotia Advisory Council on the Status of Women.

Kevin O’Shea, Executive Director of PLIAN and Chair of the Access to Justice Steering Committee for Newfoundland and Labrador says, “Restorative justice principles have been used in limited instances in our province, and we have observed a rise in their application in other parts of the country. Many of those who work in the legal system and the education system agree that this is the right time to examine different approaches to resolving conflict and restoring relationships, and there is great momentum among stakeholders for this work going forward.”

This year’s theme for National Restorative Justice Week is “Inspiring Innovation” and runs from November 19-26.


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Kevin O’Shea                                                                         Linda Ross

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