The Nelson Police Department restorative justice program is celebrating Restorative Justice Week through Saturday. They launched this special week with an all-day training lead by Gerry Sobie last Saturday.
Eight community members joined them as actors in role play situations designed to hone their skills as restorative justice facilitators. This team of dedicated volunteers continue to advance their knowledge and skill in order to better serve their community.
Restorative Justice is a collaborative, non-retributive response to crime and conflict that involves those who have been harmed, those who have caused harm and community members coming together to find resolution. RJ fosters safe, healthy and resilient communities, while promoting equality, accountability, care and support.
From top left to right: Jim Brown, Sgt. Nate Holt (representing the Nelson Police Department), Gord Andrews, Dorothy Hall, Brandon King, Kim Wood, Cathy Heyland, Gerry Sobie, Yana Maltais, Diane Goldsmith, Suzanne McPherson, and Anita Werner. Missing from picture Mary Nishio, Tracey Magnusson, Wayne Prentice.