Becoming a Volunteer

To volunteer with Community Justice Society you must be at least 21 years old and undergo a screening process that includes a Criminal Records Check, a Child Abuse Registry Check, reference checks, and an interview with the Manager of Volunteer Engagement. For many of our volunteer roles, we ask that volunteers be prepared to make a two year commitment.

If you would like more information on volunteering with Community Justice Society, please contact Kelly, Manager of Volunteer Engagement, at kelly.adamson@communityjusticesociety.org or 902-424-2337.

Skills, experience, and/or qualities required:

  • Must be at least 21 years of age
  • Must express an interest in restorative processes or restorative justice
  • Strong communication skills
  • Must be concerned with persons harmed or impacted by crime
  • Understand challenges faced by persons in conflict with the law
  • Flexible
  • Able to cooperate well with others
  • Ability to clearly identify, paraphrase or summarize issues and ideas
  • Active listening skills
  • Empathetic, respectful, and non-judgmental
  • Able to maintain confidentiality
  • Willing to learn and self-improve through reflection and personal/professional development
  • Patience for detailed work and tolerance of delays, cancellations and frustrations

 

Volunteer Positions

1. Restorative Justice Conference Facilitator

Restorative Justice Conference Facilitators guide participants, including persons causing harm (both youth and adult), supports, persons harmed by crime, community members and professionals, police officers, and other volunteers, through Restorative Justice Sessions. Faciltiators ask questions, ensure that all participants have the opportunity to be heard, and guide the group towards a mutual agreement or contract for the youth to repair harm.

Training: 

Volunteers must complete a total of 32 hours of training. Training is delivered by experienced agency trainers and follows Provincial Curriculum Standards.  Topics covered include restorative justice principles & models, communication, conflict resolution, working with victims of crime, facilitation, and creating safe spaces.

Time Commitment:

Minimum 2-year commitment
Minimum 1 session per month (depending on need)
Bi-monthly volunteer meetings (1-2hours)
On-going training as offered

 

2. Restorative Justice Conference Community Representative

The Restorative Justice Conference Community Representative represents communities harmed by crimes in the Restorative Justice Conferences. They help inform persons causing harm (both youth and adult) of the impact of their actions by expressing the ripple effect that crime has on a community.

Training:

Volunteers must complete a total of 15 hours of training.  Training is delivered by experienced agency trainers and follows Provincial Curriculum Standards.  Topics covered include restorative justice principles & models, communication, working with victims of crime, and creating safe spaces.

Time Commitment:

Minimum 2-year commitment
Minimum 1 session per month (depending on need)
Bi-monthly volunteer meetings (1-2hours)
On-going training as offered

 

3. Community Service Support/Supervision

Volunteers interested in Community Service Support/Supervision work with youth who need to complete community service hours through restorative justice processes or court mandated orders.  Volunteers supervise youth during placement hours, acting as positive role models while the youth complete community service hours.

Training: 

Volunteers must complete a total of 15 hours of training. Training is delivered by certified agency trainers and follows Provincial Curriculum Standards.  Topics covered include restorative justice principles & models, communication, working with victims of crime, and creating safe spaces.

Time Commitment:

Minimum 1-year commitment
4-6 hours per month and/or case-by-case placement with youth
Bi-monthly volunteer meetings (1-2hours)
On-going training as offered

Please note: we are not currently recruiting Community Service Support/Supervision volunteers.