Vancouver Island Region Restorative Justice Association VIRRJA
Welcome to the Vancouver Island Region Restorative Justice Association (VIRRJA) page. 

There are many restorative justice and conflict resolution programs/practitioners in the area defined as Vancouver Island, Sunshine Coast and the Gulf Islands of British Columbia, Canada.  This organization was formed in the spring of 2009 to unite those programs under one umbrella which would:
    a) give restorative justice a "voice" when dealing with common concerns and
    b) provie a venue for finding information necessary to form a similar program in your community.

Restorative justice is an alternative for the crimial justice system that has rapidly gained acceptance and support throughout British Columbia and Canada.  It is an alternative to the current way of thinking about crime and criminal justice.  Restorative justice puts emphasisi on the ways crime harms the community, not as a violation of the crown.  The retorative justice models make the offender accountable to the victim and the community.  Accountability for offenders is defined in terms of taking responsibility for their actions and repairing the harm caused to the victim and the community.  It provides for immediate, active partisipation by the victim, the offender and the community in the process of repairing the fabric of community peace.

   a) To provide a collective voice for Restorative Justice programs & practitioners;
   b) To liaise with other RJ organizations in BC, Canada and Internationally;
   c) To promote an understanding of the principles of Restorative Justice; and,
   d) To identify and support best practices within Restorative Justice programs.

VIRRJA sees a future in which restorative justice is the first response to community conflict and where rrestorative practices are embedded throughout the community, in organizations, agencies, schools and all aspects of local government.

GOALS: Moving forward:  Strategic Plan 2016-2020
Executive for 2018-2019 Meetings
Upcoming meetings:
Minutes Archive
Monday, January 28, 2019
Muhammad Asadulla, Doctoral Candidate SFU "RJ in BC,
Nova Scotia & Bangladesh:  Comparative Community
Report on Restorative Justice Assoc of British Columbia
Monday, March 11, 2019
SFU Doctoral Candidate, Tanya "Determining the Success
of RJ"
Monday, May 27, 2019
Saturday, October 19, 2019
AGM & Conference
President               - Genesis HUNT - Campbell River - Alert Bay
Vice President        - Myles MORRISON - Westcoast RJ (Ucluelet / Tofino)
Secretary               - Jane WATERMAN - Texada Island / Powell River
Treasurer               - Gail JEWSBURY - Independant
Director-at-Large    - Bruce Curtis - Comox Valley
Members of VIRRJA
Alert Bay Community Justice Program
Arrowsmith Community Justice Society (Website)
Community Justice Centre - Comox Valley (Website)
Gold River Restorative Justice Society
Powell River and Region Restorative Justice
Gail Jewsbury - Independant
The next meeting is:   Monday, January 28th, 2019 . more info below
Everybody else
AGM Oct. 19, 2019
AGM Oct 13, 2018
AGM Oct 14, 2017
May 27, 2019
May 28, 2018
June 19, 2017
March 11, 2019
March 19, 2018
April 4, 2017
January 28, 2019
January 29, 2018
February 25, 2017
AGM October 22, 2016
AGM October 2015
June 20, 2016
June 15, 2015
April 18, 2016
April 7, 2015
February 15, 2016
February 16, 2015
RCMP - "E" Division - Blueprint for increasing police referrals
RCMP "E Division - Review of RCMP Role in RJ British Columbia
Application for Membership