The province is supporting the John Howard Society of Sault Ste. Marie with $150,000 for the development of a collaborative new restorative justice project focused on training, resolving conflict, and crime prevention, announced David Orazietti, MPP.
“Our government is supporting the collaborative efforts of the John Howard Society and local partners in this new restorative justice initiative because we recognize the value of the restorative process in addressing the root causes of problematic behaviour,” said Orazietti. “This project represents a constructive approach to dealing with crime and conflict by providing individuals and communities with the proper tools and training for rehabilitation and healing, and will help to enhance safety in our community.”
Funding for the project is being delivered over two years by the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) and will be used to improve community safety through restorative justice practices. The John Howard Society will hire a coordinator to collaborate with community partners and train staff in restorative justice practices, which are focused on strengthening behaviours, attitudes, actions and relationships to resolve conflicts and build a safe community. Partner organizations include the Sault Ste. Marie Police Service, the Algoma District School Board and the Huron Superior Catholic District School Board.
“The John Howard Society of Sault Ste. Marie is very excited to have received financial support from the Trillium Foundation to help Sault Ste. Marie in becoming a Restorative Community,” said Suzanne Lajambe, Executive Director of the John Howard Society of Sault Ste. Marie and District. “Over the next two years, we will be training hundreds of people in using restorative practices to resolve conflicts with youth and adults. This will mean that individuals will be taught how to take ownership in resolving conflict. They will, therefore, be more likely to behave pro-socially, have developed social and emotional skills and avoid a number of problem behaviors; including drug use and violence. Therefore, our community as a whole will be safer as a result of this project”.
A leading grant maker in Canada, the Ontario Trillium Foundation strengthens the capacity of the voluntary sector through investments in community-based initiatives. An agency of the Government of Ontario, OTF builds healthy and vibrant communities. Visit www.trilliumfoundation.org for additional information and grant eligibility.
Provincial investments through the Ontario Trillium Foundation in Sault Ste. Marie, since 2003, total over $5 million and include organizations such as:
• $250,000 Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre
• $173,000 Sault Youth Association
• $ 98,700 Community Living Algoma
• $ 90,000 Arts Council of Sault Ste. Marie and District
• $ 77,300 Soo Pee Wee Association
• $ 70,000 Kiwanis Community Theatre
• $ 75,000 Sault Ste. Marie Skate Park
• $ 75 000 Passport to Unity Multicultural Festival
• $ 68,500 Learning Disabilities Association Sault Ste. Marie
• $ 67,500 Rotary Club of Sault Ste. Marie
• $ 61,700 Musical Comedy Guild of Sault Ste. Marie
• $ 60,000 Sault Ste. Marie Symphony Association
• $ 60,000 Soo Finnish Nordic Ski Club
• $ 60,000 Ken Brown Recovery Home
• $ 50,000 Tarentorus Sports Club
• $ 53,000 United Way of Sault Ste. Marie
• $ 41,700 Big Brothers Big Sisters Association
• $ 30,000 Searchmont Ski Runners
• $ 30,000 Family YMCA Sault Ste. Marie
• $ 27,600 Echoes Drum Festival Sault Ste. Marie
• $ 15,000 St. Marys River Marine Heritage Centre