Mission Statement, Values, & Principles

Mission Statement

Effective, just and humane responses to the causes and consequences of crime.

In furtherance of its Mission, the Society:

  • Works with people who have come into conflict with the law;
  • Reviews, evaluates and advocates for changes in the criminal justice process;
  • Engages in public education on matters relating to criminal law and it’s application;
  • Promotes crime prevention through community and social development activities, and
  • Buys, constructs, holds, manages, leases and rents such properties as may be necessary to advance the aims of the Society.

Core Values

  • Belief in the capacity of people to grow and change;
  • Treatment of each person served with dignity and respect in a non-judgmental manner;
  • Respect for legal, human, privacy and service rights of each person;
  • Belief in the least intrusive and appropriate interventions based on the strengths and needs of the person served;
  • Belief that those served have the right to self-determination, to participate in decisions, to make informed choices and to act on their own behalf;

Core Principles

  • Commitment to work in partnership with other professionals and stakeholder involved with the person served.
  • People have the right to live in a safe and peaceful society as well as a responsibility implied by this right to respect the law.
  • Every person has intrinsic worth and the right to be treated with dignity, equity, fairness, and compassion without discrimination.  In particular, those involved in the criminal justice process should be treated in a manner that is consistent with the provisions of the Canadian Human Rights Act.
  • All people have the potential to become responsible citizens.
  • Every person has the right and the responsibility to be informed about and involved in, the criminal justice process.
  • Justice is best served through measures that resolve conflicts, repair harm, and restore peaceful relations in society.
  • Independent, autonomous non-government voluntary organizations have a vital role in the criminal justice process.

Our constitution mandates us to provide services and operate programs within the fields of community justice, social services, health and public interest problems.

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