Welcome to the Nanaimo Region John Howard Society

The Nanaimo Region John Howard Society is part of the network of more than 60 affiliated John Howard Societies across Canada with a shared mission of evidence-based approaches to justice that are humane and lead to community safety because they address the root causes of crime and promote responsible, accountable behaviours.

For over 50 years our non-profit charitable organization’s programs have reached community members in need in mid-Vancouver Island. Several of our programs have been recognized as best practice approaches to housing, alternative justice, and addiction recovery. Our Restorative Justice Program has been recognized both nationally and internationally.  Our Forensic Housing and Outreach Program has received the BC Mental Health and Addiction Services Award of Excellence. In 2012, the Guthrie House Therapeutic Community Program was the recipient of the British Columbia Premier’s Award for Innovation. The Society is governed by a Board of Directors and staffing includes highly-skilled professionals with designations as well as staff with lived experience.

We're so proud of Scotty Taylor, a Guthrie Therapeutic Community Alumni, who was featured at the Nanaimo edition of the 2018 Walrus (Magazine) Talks. Enjoy:



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