Thursday, November 14, 2013

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City renews CRJYAA funding for 2014

Released by Debbie Biggin, CRJYAA/Voice handout photo Kathy Funk


he Chilliwack Restorative Justice and Youth Advocacy Association are pleased to announce that the City of Chilliwack will continue their funding partnership with a $31,500.00 grant for 2014.


New Executive Director Kathy Funk said “we asked for more to help sustain the service level of this program but also understand the financial restraints that the City experiences with so many excellent programs needing funds.”


Restorative Justice received a record number of 172 referrals last year and was able to complete over 150 agreements. The face of the referrals are changing in this community with the percentage of adults being put through the program rising from 41% in 2012 to 52% to date in 2013.


The Board of Directors will be under a new leader with Bree Hankins becoming Chair.  The organization thanks past-chairman Wayne Gordey who is continuing on as a member of the Executive, along with Chris Kizmann, DJ Pohl and Jennifer Massie.  Continuing on the board are Peter Devette, Bryon Massie, Dennis Muxlow, Dwayne Farlin, Darlene Wahlstrom and joining them are past Executive Director Kim McLandress, Jen Dueck and Alexis Goerzen.


“Our volunteers form the foundation for our organization and we would not be able to service our clients without their dedication and commitment,” commented Bree Hankins, Chair of the Board.


Currently, our services reach out to Agassiz, Hope and Boston Bar. We are looking for quality volunteers to assist with the program. 


“It’s rewarding to be a part of giving someone a second chance," said Dick Clegg, a volunteer since the organization's inception 15 years ago. "Helping mentor and encourage an individual toward living a more productive life is most fulfilling, and this is why I keep doing it.”


Ms. Funk plans a number of fundraising events to support the great work of Restorative Justice and is available to speak at presentations and volunteer opportunities.



About Chilliwack Restorative Justice and Youth Advocacy Association
We are a volunteer based non-profit organization aimed at fostering a safe and caring community. The mandate of the organization is to bring youth offenders and victims together in order to discuss criminal incidents and to find ways to repair the harm caused.

Since our inception, in 1998, we have provided restorative services to over 2,200 individuals and have recovered over $105,000.00 in restitution.


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