Staff and Board of Directors
Melanie’s heart for justice that heals, aligned her with CCJC’s mission and continues to inform her approach to CCJC’s projects, including her co-authorship of CCJC’s new curriculum for The Empathy Project...
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Research and Development Assistant
Kimberlee is currently Law and Legal Studies student in her third year of study at Carleton University. With a family background in emergency law enforcement, and a father who previously had an established career in forensics, Kimberlee has grown up with a profound interest in the law and the criminal justice system.
Working alongside Melanie Younger CCJC’s Executive Director, and under the academic supervision of Dr. Rebecca Bromwich CCJC’s President, Kimberlee serves as a research assistant, interning through Carleton University’s Department of Law and Legal studies. Kimberlee’s work is essential to the development the Empathy Project’s new curriculum, which is focused within a Canadian justice context, and streamed into two gender-specific formats. Kimberlee’s continued academic research is fundamental to this project, creating the infrastructure and backbone of the new curriculum.
Kimberlee believes strongly in helping others. Upon completion of her undergraduate education, she plans to attend law school with a focus in criminal law.
Board of Directors – 2017/2018
President of CCJC – Presbyterian Church in Canada
Rebecca Bromwich is a lawyer and legal academic, as well as an ordained ruling elder of the Presbyterian Church in Canada (PCC). She serves as the PCC representative on the CCJC Board, and served for several years as CCJC's Treasurer before being elected its President in 2017.
Vice-President of CCJC – Mennonite Central Committee
Randy Klassen currently serves as the national coordinator for the Restorative Justice network of Mennonite Central Committee throughout Canada. Prior to that, he has worked as both a college instructor and church pastor.
Past President – The Anglican Church of Canada
My interest in prisons goes back to my pre-teens years. I have long been fascinated by music, books and movies that have been associated with prisons and inmates. The oppressive conditions, the often hostile environment, the despair many inmates feel has always spoken to my heart.
Treasurer – Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada
Rev. Steve Hoffard serves on the CCJC Board of Directors representing the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC).
He is pastor of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Kingston, ON where he is personally involved in prison visitation. St. Mark’s congregation also holds monthly worship services at Joyceville Minimum Institution and welcomes inmates with weekly escorted temporary absences to attend worship and participate in the life of the congregation. It is his personal and parish ministry that has fostered in Steve an interest in corrections and restorative justice practices.
Secretary – Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops
Gregory Dunwoody is the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops appointed board member of the Church Council on Justice and Corrections.
Greg is a certified “specialist in spiritual care” with the Canadian Association of Spiritual Care.
Greg and Margot Lavoie heard of RJ and the CCJC in the late 1980’s. Their interest in expanding restorative justice led them to take Community Forum (RJ) training and to bringing resource people to Winnipeg for RJ Week, including some staff and board members of the CCJC. Margot has previously served on the CCJC board.
Among CCJC resources Greg has facilitated “Audrey’s Flowers – a Congregational Restorative Justice Experience”, piloted “The Empathy Project” and created the annual “Homily Guides for Restorative Justice Week.”
Greg also has over 35 years of spiritual, cultural, familial and communal experience and learning from Indigenous peoples.
Director – Christian Reformed Church in North America
CCJC first introduced me to Restorative Justice which has become a life passion. CCJC facilitated training materials and communication between faith communities and government.
I have a history as Restorative Justice trainer and advocate. Now I still volunteer while traveling more and more family time.
Having finished my 20th Boston Marathon last April and my 50th overall marathon last October, I start every day with a 8-10 km. run..
Shalom, John de Vries Jr., London