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 process. For many of our volunteer roles, we ask that volunteers be prepared to make a two year commitment.

 

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: 

Training is delivered by experienced agency trainers and follows Provincial Curriculum Standards.  Topics covered include restorative justice principles & models, communication, conflict resolution, working with persons harmed by crime, facilitation, and creating safe spaces.

Time Commitment:

Minimum 2-year commitment
Minimum 1-2 session per month (more opportunities are generally available)
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:

Training is delivered by experienced agency trainers and follows Provincial Curriculum Standards.  Topics covered include restorative justice principles & models, communication, working with persons harmed by crime, and creating safe spaces.

Time Commitment:

Minimum 2-year commitment
Minimum 1-2 session per month (more opportunities are generally available)
Bi-monthly volunteer meetings (1-2hours)
On-going training as offered

How do I become a volunteer with Community Justice Society?

  1. Volunteers are asked to submit an application  and resume (note – these may be submitted at any time) to volunteer@cjshfx.ca
  2. When volunteer recruitment is taking place we will contact the perspective volunteer to arrange a time for an in-person interview. 
    ** a volunteer interview does not guarantee a volunteer placement**
     
  3. Volunteers are asked to produce clear criminal records, vulnerable sector, and child abuse registry check.
  4. 3 references provided by the volunteer.
  5. If selected to proceed, volunteers will be invited to join an exciting and engaging training course to become trained to participate in and/or facilitate Restorative Justice Conferences and/or CJS programs.

 


Restorative Justice Conference Facilitator

Restorative Justice Conference Facilitator

The Restorative Justice Conference Facilitator guides participants through Restorative Justice Sessions by asking questions, ensuring everyone has a chance to be heard and moving the group towards an agreement of repairing harm.  Working with youth, adult supports, persons harmed by crime, police officers, community members, community professionals, and other volunteers, the Facilitator ensures that everyone has an opportunity to express their voice and assists participants in developing a mutual agreement (contract).  

Skills, experience, and/or qualities required:

  • Volunteers must be a minimum of 19 years of age
  • Volunteers must express an interest in restorative processes
  • Concerned with persons harmed by and the impact of crime
  • Understanding of youth issues
  • Non-judgmental
  • Flexible and works well with others
  • Strong communication skills
  • Ability to paraphrase clearly and identify issues
  • Active listening skills
  • Empathetic and respectful to all
  • Willing to learn and better themselves through reflection and personal and professional development


Time Commitment:

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


Training:  Volunteers must complete an in house training delivered by the agency to proceed as a volunteer.  Training is delivered by certified 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.

Restorative Justice Conference Community Representative

Restorative Justice Conference Community Representative

The Restorative Justice Conference Community Representative participates in Restorative Justice Conferences to represent communities harmed by crime.  Community Representatives help inform offenders of the impact of their actions by expressing the ripple effect that crime has on a community.

Skills, experience, and/or qualities required:

  • Volunteers must be a minimum of 19 years of age
  • Volunteers must express an interest in restorative processes
  • Concerned with persons harmed by and the impact of crime
  • Understanding of youth issues 
  • Non-judgmental
  • Flexible and works well with others
  • Active listening skills
  • Strong communication skills
  • Empathetic and respectful to all
  • Willing to learn and better themselves through reflection and personal and professional development


Time Commitment:

  • Minimum 2 year commitment
  • Minimum 1 session every 1-2 months (depending on availability)
  • Bi-monthly volunteer meetings
  • On-going training as offered
     

Training:  Volunteers must complete training delivered by the agency to proceed as a volunteer.  Training is delivered in house and follows Provincial Curriculum Standards.  Topics covered include Restorative Justice principles & models, communication, working with victims of crime, and creating safe spaces.