Arrowsmith Community Justice Society
"Our Vision is a Community in Harmony"
Address: 727 West Island Highway
Parksville, BC, V9P 1B9
Email: director@ acjs.ca
WHAT IS THE ARROWSMITH COMMUNITY JUSTICE SOCIETY?
The Arrowsmith Community Justice Society (ACJS) is a community organization whose purpose is to administer a community-based restorative justice program and a community dispute restoluion program which promote conferencing as a resolution and peacemaking mechanism for conflict in the community and to involve interested community citizens and resources to accomplish the above services. The ACJS operates in British Columbia, Canada in the communities of Parksville, Qualicum Beach, Regional District of Nanaimo Areas E, F, G & H.
WHAT IS RESTORATIVE JUSTICE?
Restorative Justice is a concept for the criminal justice system that is rapidly gaining acceptance and support throughout British Columbia and Canada. It is a philosphical approach to crime, which emphasizes on the harms caused and reparation of those harms. The restorative justice model requires the offender to be accountable to the victim and the community and it provies for immediate, active participation of the victim, the offender and the community in a process for repairing the fabric of community peace.
WHAT IS COMMUNITY DISPUTE RESOLUTION?
The Community Dispute Resolution process is a gathering involving concerned parties on opposite sides of a non-criminal situation. The goal is to create a safe and respectful discussion of the items in conflict and form a consensus-based group agreement, which will repair the harm and damage created and to provide reconciliation for all participants. Often a conflict can occur because there is no understanding of opposing views. The community dispute resolution process encourages people to talk about their concerns and assists the participants to come to a mutually agreeable solution. Note: As these cases are very difficult to get both sides to agree to participate, please contact the Coordinator and the case will be looked at before any action is taken.
WHAT IS RESTORATIVE ACTION?
ACJS, working in conjuction with the Schools in SD 69, will work with the school representatives to bring a conflict between students to a successful conclusion. The process will concentrate on the harms caused and reparation of the school community for all involved. All files initiate from the School, ACJS is brought in at their request.
Volunteers form a big part of the restorative justice process. If you are interested in joining the program please
us. Volunteer opportunities: Facilitation & Mentorship