The Abbotsford Restorative Justice and Advocacy Association (ARJAA) presented four awards at its recent annual general meeting.
The Restoring Justice and Safe Streets Award was presented to Abbotsford Police Department (APD) Consts. Mary and Jason Boonstra.
This award is given to front-line APD officers who seek to find restorative ways of responding to crime in a matter that addresses the needs of both victims and community while holding those responsible to account for their actions.
The Restorative and Peaceful Schools Award was presented to Abbotsford Traditional Middle School vice-principal Tyler Baruta and teacher Tara Anderson.
This award is given to educators who demonstrate commitment and passion for creating a respectful, safe, and restorative school culture.
The Restoring Justice and Safe Communities Award was presented to Fire Prevention Lt. Tim Turchen which is given to a community member who models and advocates for restorative justice in the service of community safety and peace.
The Restoring Justice and Safe Communities Leadership Award was awarded to APD Sgt. Casey Vinet and to Leigh Howard, director of learning support services.
This award is given to either an APD sergeant/inspector or school district leader who has demonstrated long-standing leadership and advocacy for advancing the use of restorative justice and/or restorative action in the service of justice, peace and safety.
For more information about the organization, visit arjaa.org