John Howard So­ci­ety rec­og­nizes com­mu­nity part­ners and cel­e­brates di­a­mond year

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The John Howard So­ci­ety of Saskatchewan (JHSS) hosted its an­nual Restora­tive Jus­tice lun­cheon on Thurs­day, Novem­ber 22 where the or­ga­ni­za­tion rec­og­nized com­mu­nity part­ners for their im­pact in Moose Jaw and Area. JHSS as­sists in­di­vid­u­als who are at risk or are in­volved in the crim­i­nal jus­tice process by pro­vid­ing preven­tion, in­ter­ven­tion, sup­port ser­vices and ad­vo­cacy.

This year, the John Howard So­ci­ety is cel­e­brat­ing 60 years and has launched cel­e­bra­tions to mark this mile­stone across the province. Kick­ing off its 60th, the JHSS rec­og­nized some im­por­tant part­ners in Moose Jaw for their con­tri­bu­tions, some of whom were fea­tured in a video that was de­buted at the lun­cheon which shows the im­pact the JHSS has had in Moose Jaw, Saska­toon, Regina and Prince Al­bert.

Jaime Boldt, Act­ing CEO of the John Howard So­ci­ety of Saskatchewan said it was im­por­tant to rec­og­nize and high­light com­mu­nity part­ners who have made sig­nif­i­cant im­pact in their com­mu­nity. “Be­cause our or­ga­ni­za­tion is very com­mu­nity-ori­ented and the city of Moose Jaw is a very sup­port­ive branch, we like to use this op­por­tu­nity an­nu­ally to ac­knowl­edge our com­mu­nity part­ners and cel­e­brate them,” said Boldt.

Boldt said the So­ci­ety’s theme this year is “In­spir­ing In­no­va­tion” as it cel­e­brates 60 years in ex­is­tence. “The John Howard So­ci­ety is also cel­e­brat­ing its di­a­mond year, 60th an­niver­sary. To mark this mile­stone, we cre­ated a video that cap­tures the essence of what we do and the im­pact we have on our province. We are de­but­ing that this week with show­ings in Saska­toon, Regina and of course in Moose Jaw. The theme this year is “In­spir­ing In­no­va­tion” and I think John Howard al­ways does that through­out the province— al­ways look­ing for new ways to do things and meet the needs of our com­mu­nity.” She out­lined some of the things this year that the John So­ci­ety has em­barked on to ‘In­spire In­no­va­tion’ in Moose Jaw. “In Moose Jaw, the pro­gram has ex­panded to in­clude more work­ing schools and do­ing pri­mary crime preven­tion; they are also work­ing with the com­mu­nity risk threat as­sess­ment pro­gram and of­fer­ing a va­ri­ety of ser­vices to the com­mu­nity—anger man­age­ment, as well as other pro­grams. These are new for us in Moose Jaw so we’re look­ing for­ward to con­tin­u­ing our work in the com­mu­nity.”

At the lun­cheon, the John Howard So­ci­ety also rec­og­nized An­drea Dyck, Me­di­a­tion Case Worker in Moose Jaw for long ser­vice. In ad­di­tion, Lyle Hel­land who re­cently passed was hon­ored posthu­mously for his ded­i­ca­tion to the John Howard So­ci­ety. His wife, Frani Hel­land and grand-daugh­ter Am­ber White were present. A bench was ded­i­cated in mem­ory of Lyle, to be in­stalled at the front of the John Howard So­ci­ety, lo­cated at 15 Hochelaga St W.

Some of the pro­grams and ser­vices that the John Howard So­ci­ety of­fers in Moose Jaw are:

Adult Al­ter­na­tive Mea­sures Pro­gram: Al­ter­na­tive Mea­sures refers to means other than the for­mal court process for adults charged with cer­tain of­fenses as ap­proved by the Min­istry of Jus­tice and the Crown Pros­e­cu­tor. Ex­tra­ju­di­cial Sanc­tions Pro­gram for Youth: Ex­tra­ju­di­cial Sanc­tions Pro­gram pro­vides an al­ter­na­tive to the tra­di­tional court process for youth charged with of­fences set out as part of the Youth Crim­i­nal Jus­tice Act. Com­mu­nity Jus­tice Fo­rum for Adult and Youth: This process is based on the prin­ci­ples of restora­tive jus­tice and com­mu­nity heal­ing. A Com­mu­nity Jus­tice Fo­rum is a safe en­vi­ron­ment in which an of­fender, vic­tim and their fam­i­lies along with sup­port­ers, rel­e­vant com­mu­nity mem­bers and pro­fes­sion­als are brought to­gether un­der the guid­ance of trained John Howard fa­cil­i­ta­tors. Fine Op­tion Pro­gram for Adult and Youth: Fine Op­tion pro­vides an al­ter­na­tive to pay­ing out of pocket for cer­tain fines. Peo­ple are reg­is­tered through one of JHSS’ branches and then placed in a vol­un­teer work ar­range­ment with a non-profit com­mu­nity or­ga­ni­za­tion where the fine is worked off.

Com­mu­nity Ser­vice Or­der Pro­gram for Adult and Youth: A Com­mu­nity Ser­vice Or­der is a court-im­posed sen­tence. An in­di­vid­ual is or­dered by the court to per­form a spec­i­fied num­ber of hours of com­mu­nity ser­vice. The in­di­vid­ual is as­sessed, placed at a non-profit com­mu­nity or­ga­ni­za­tion and mon­i­tored by a place­ment agent. Stop-Lift Pro­gram for Adult and Youth: The Stop-Lift Pro­gram is de­signed specif­i­cally for in­di­vid­u­als who have been charged with theft or prop­erty of­fences. The pri­mary fo­cus of the pro­gram is ed­u­ca­tional and in­for­ma­tional, us­ing a struc­tured group process.

Crime Preven­tion Pro­gram for Youth: The Crime Preven­tion Pro­gram is of­fered to ele­men­tary schools for chil­dren at­tend­ing grade four to grade eight. The pro­gram is aimed at re­duc­ing the like­li­hood of chil­dren be­com­ing in­volved in crim­i­nal ac­tiv­ity. Com­mu­nity Col­lab­o­ra­tion and En­gage­ment: John Howard So­ci­ety case­work­ers are also in­volved with sev­eral com­mit­tees and com­mu­nity ini­tia­tives. Staff de­liver ed­u­ca­tional pre­sen­ta­tions that in­clude top­ics re­gard­ing the his­tory of John Howard So­ci­ety, ser­vices and pro­grams of­fered by JHSS and in­for­ma­tion on the jus­tice sys­tem.

To learn more about the John Howard So­ci­ety, visit http://www.sk.john­howard.ca/.

Com­mu­nity part­ners rec­og­nized for their con­tri­bu­tion to John Howard So­ci­ety’s project (s). Front row form left: Tea­gan Witko, Crys­tal Peter­son, James Szwagier­czack. (Back row from left): Sgt. Kevin Pilsworth, Cst. Kyle Cun­ning­ham, An­drea Dyck and Lind­say Wil­cox.

Act­ing CEO Jaime Boldt rec­og­nizes Moose Jaw’s An­drea Dyck for long ser­vice to the John Howard So­ci­ety.

In mem­ory of Lyle Hel­land. Wife Frani Hel­land and grand-daugh­ter Am­ber White.

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