SOUTH OKANAGAN SIMILKAMEEN

RESTORATIVE JUSTICE PROGARM

Position Title: Restorative Justice Facilitator
Position Description: The South Okanagan Similkameen Restorative Justice Program is a pre-charge diversion program that processes file referrals involving individuals, primarily youth, who have come into conflict with the law for minor offences or harms in the community. Restorative justice is a community based alternative to the traditional justice system that requires wrongdoers to recognize the harm they have caused, to accept responsibility for their actions and to be actively involved in improving the situation. Trained volunteers facilitate Community Justice Forums (CJF) and Community Accountability Panels (CAP) and Peace Circles, which bring together the person harmed (victim), person who caused harm (offender) and their families and supporters from the community for a discussion about the incident and how the harm can be repaired.

The South Okanagan Similkameen Restorative Justice program is a collaborative of the local programs in Penticton, Summerland, Oliver, Osoyoos, Keremeos and Princeton, and has a volunteer base and opportunities for involvement in each community.

Position Responsibilities and Duties: Interviewing

Facilitating

Writing Agreements and Summary Reports

Attending Program Meetings and Events

Participating in Training and Education Workshops

Promoting and Advocating for Restorative Justice

Commitment: Volunteers are asked to commit for a minimum of 12 months following acceptance into the program. Monthly requirements fluctuate depending on the availability of the volunteer and the number of file referrals to the program (an average file takes approximately 10 hours to complete).
Qualifications: Excellent communication skills (oral, written)

Effective organization and time management skills

Ability to work independently and as part of a team

Ability to treat clients with objectivity, fairness and respect

Previous experience with at-risk youth, conflict resolution or other relevant education and training are an asset

Must be willing to adhere to program confidentiality policy and code of conduct – any breach thereof may be cause for immediate dismissal

Must successfully pass a security clearance process (police information check) and professional reference checks

Training: RCMP Community Justice Forum training (Approximately 20 hours); Recurring quarterly training sessions on Restorative Practices, Facilitator Ethics and Conduct, and new developments in Restorative Justice organized by the Program Coordinator.
Location: Penticton RCMP Community Policing Office

185 Lakeshore Drive

Penticton, B.C.     V2A 1B7

Contact Information  

Community Policing Coordinator: Restorative Justice and Community Partnerships

Office: 250-490-2372

communitypolicing@penticton.ca