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Message from the Chair 2017

Report from the Chairperson

“The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall”

~ Nelson Mandela~

To be part of an organization that exemplifies such grace, integrity, and grit is a true honor. I have yet to meet a more dedicated and resilient group of volunteers. Staying true to the philosophy and embracing restorative practice at every turn, particularly in the face of adversity, is immensely admirable.

We have much to celebrate when looking at what has been accomplished this past year. Through our strategic plan we set out to focus on several key areas including: securing a program contractor, establishing a database system to support file management, develop/enhance key relationships, and increase the diversity and breadth of our funding, memberships and volunteer base.

In looking back we made significant gains in many of these areas, Doug McPhee was secured to fill the Program Contractor position, at which time he implemented a database system used to report the 31 files handled this year. Relationships with current and prospective partners has been significantly improved which is evidenced in the increase in files and training provided throughout our region. We welcomed Meredith Egan for Restorative Justice Week who presented to the community and schools. Membership grew to 45, including 2 new board members Avery Hulbert who has brought new energy and a strong skill set to the RJ team, and Peter Wegener who sadly departed this world far too soon. Pete’s contribution, however short, was greatly appreciated and his memory will forever be etched on the hearts of those whose lives he touched.

The board would like to extend a heart-felt thank you to the board members stepping down to make way for new energy and insight. Long time board member Debbie McPhee will be focusing her efforts on facilitation and training prospective RJ facilitators. Words cannot express adequately how grateful we are for the effort and diligence Debbie has brought to the board, and I’m so thankful she remains as an invaluable asset to the organization. I will also be stepping down as my term…or many terms…have expired and I know when it’s time to get out of the way and let new creative juices flow. I am forever grateful for my time with CDRJ and will remain involved in some capacity as long as I am able.

I leave you in the very capable hands with one of the most competent well-rounded people I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. Doug is a gentle force to be reckoned with, who exudes restorative philosophies in everything he does. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank him, our amazingly talented and dedicated volunteers, and members who make all of this possible! If ever there was a time to get more involved in CDRJ, now is that time! Staying on the board to spread the wisdom learned through triumph and challenge is Avery Hulbert, and Don Kawano. We hope that you will strongly consider joining this fantastic team so we can continue to do great work!

Last but certainly not least a big thank you to our partners and funders, particularly the RCMP for entrusting us to do this very important work. We look forward to the coming year and continuing to demonstrate what resilience means.

“The future depends on what we do in the present”

~ Mahatma Gandhi~


Amber Riel