Catherine Bargen

Catherine Bargen

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Restorative Justice (RJ) Coordinator for the Provincial Government of British Columbia, housed within the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General

Publication: Educating for Peacebuilding: Implementing restorative justice principles and practices in a school system (2010, Community Justice Initiatives Association)

I received my Master’s degree in Conflict Transformation in April 2008. In the summer 2008, I acted as a facilitator in the dialogue/film camp for Palestinian, Israeli and Canadian youth called Peace It Together, and was fortunate enough to be working with fellow CJP alumni Aaron Lyons and Fadi Rabieh.

In November 2008, I was appointed the Restorative Justice (RJ) Coordinator for the Provincial Government of British Columbia, housed within the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General. This is a new position created to help achieve a connected and coordinated vision and strategy of RJ in B.C.

As background to this appointment her supervisor wrote: “Catherine has been working with community RJ programs since 1999. She is recognized across BC and Canada as an expert consultant, trainer and practitioner for RJ programs. Since 2002, she has provided training to over 1500 youth and adults on RJ in various settings including schools, faith groups, government and non-government organizations.

“From 2001-2008, Catherine was on staff with Langley’s Fraser Region Community Justice Initiatives Association (CJI) as their senior trainer, facilitator, and mediator. She also worked with CJI in partnership with the Langley School District as the Restorative Justice School Program Coordinator and co-authored the internationally sought-after resources “Conversation Peace” and “Talking Peace.”

“Prior to her work in BC, she served as the Victim Offender Mediation Program Coordinator in Edmonton and as a Restorative Justice Educator for Mennonite Central Committee in Alberta and B.C.

“Catherine loves meeting new people, laughing and dreaming with her loved ones, and dancing whenever she can.”