Volunteer Program Overview

Volunteers play an essential role at Community Justice Society because they co-facilitate and participate in our restorative justice conferences, supervise community service hours, and lead educational programs. We could not operate without our strong and committed volunteer team.

If you would like more information about our volunteer program, please contact Kelly, Manager of Volunteer Engagement.

Volunteer Benefits

Volunteers find their work rewarding with benefits that extend far beyond their roles. In addition to gaining work experience, contributing to community building, and networking opportunities, volunteers receive extensive training and skill development in in:

  • Communication skills and techniques
  • Facilitation skills
  • Sensitivity to youth and to persons harmed
  • Restorative Justice philosophy, principles and models


On a much broader scale, our volunteers also develop skills in career areas including:

  • Criminology
  • Law
  • Social Work
  • Restorative Practices


"Right from the start I became a more rooted and connected member of my community as a result of facilitating restorative circles. I regularly feel honoured to facilitate circles. It is quite a special thing to be able to guide a process for families and community members to have important, and often courageous, conversations. In being present for such conversations I learn more about what it means to be in relationship with others, what it means to be part of a community and in the end what it means to be a human in a complicated world." 
 --Anna Haanstra, volunteer since 2008

Community Benefits

Our volunteers are committed to working with persons causing harm, persons harmed, and community members to repair harms, restore relationships, and rebuild communities. In return, they strengthen their own ties to their communities and become active participants in our efforts to reduce and prevent crime.

Since 2006, Community Justice Society has worked to address the fact that African Nova Scotian youth are over-represented in the criminal justice system by offering culturally meaningful and appropriate services and community development projects. To better serve our clients and communities, we aim to reflect diversity in our volunteer program. We encourage people of diverse backgrounds to apply as volunteers.


Note: The Nova Scotia Restorative Justice Program was expanded in November, 2016 to include adults (in addition to youth). 
As such, CJS, including CJS volunteers, now work with both youth and adults in conflict with the law.  Youth-specific positions are not available.