Once again, the Community Justice Centre has been recognized for its work in restorative justice in the Comox Valley.
The Dr. Liz Elliot Restorative Justice Memorial Award recognizes a community-based restorative justice group that has demonstrated a commitment to innovative partnerships that have advanced the work of restorative justice and brought caring and respectful service to victims, offenders and their communities.
Earlier this year, S/Sgt. Roger Plamondon, acting Officer-in-Charge of the Comox Valley RCMP, nominated the CJC for the award. It was presented by the Honourable Suzanne Anton, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of BC in Burnaby on Oct. 31.
In accepting the award, the CJC’s chief administrator, Bruce Curtis, said that the work of the CJC volunteers is what makes the Centre so highly regarded and well-respected in the field.
Earlier this year the Community Justice Centre was awarded the provincial government’s Nesika Award for Excellence in Diversity in recognition of extensive work in the areas of combatting racism, homophobia and hate crime. The Centre was also recognized by Volunteer Comox Valley for its commitments to excellent volunteer training and support. And, in October, Curtis was awarded the Simon Fraser University Liz Elliot Memorial Hummingbird Award for Restorative Justice in recognition of his exemplary commitments to the practices and principles of restorative justice.
The Community Justice Centre was inaugurated in 1998 and is funded through the CV Regional District’s three electoral areas and the municipalities of Cumberland, Courtenay and Comox.