Tuesday, May 30th, 2017    9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Restorative Justice Symposium: How Restorative Justice can empower resilience

  • Thompson Rivers University:  In The Mountain room in the Campus Activity Center.
  • The fee for this all day event will be $30 per person & it will include morning coffee, snack and a full, hot lunch.  There is flexibility in the payment for those who do not have the means to address the fee. The importance is on having people there who want to know more about this process.
  • You can register through the Kamloops & District Elizabeth Fry Society Website or at the office.
  • We will be hearing both a serious crime survivor, Margot Van Sluytman, and the person responsible for the harm, Glen Flett, speak to how the restorative justice process facilitated their reconciliation after events that changed their lives.  Their story is living proof of how Restorative Justice can empower resilience.



Margot Van Sluytman:  is an internationally-respected voice in the field of Restorative Justice. Her lived-experience informs her justice advocacy, lectures, and writings. She has shared the stage with Sister Helen Prejean, author of the book and Oscar Academy Award Winning, Dead Man Walking. Last year, while in South Africa to give a talk about Sawbonna-Restorative Justice, she had a two-hour conversation with the inspiring Archbishop Desmond Tutu. In February this year, she spent time with inmates at Pollsmoor Prison, where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for a time. Margot worked with several young men, offering a safe space for them to share their stories, and both an open heart and ear to them. Inspired by their yearning for hope, she reflects, “we shared I and Thou, not Us vs. Them.” Margot had a rich and kindred conversation last month with Canada’s Justice Minister, Jody Wilson-Raybould. Margot shared her passion and vision for a reconciliatory and restorative framework for Canada’s justice system, within a Sawbonna context. Jody was in agreement, and, looking Margot in the eyes, stated that she too believes in Restorative Justice.


Glen Flett:   LINC Society, Mission, BC In trouble with the law since he was a child, Glen spent twenty-three years behind bars. He was sentenced to 21 years to life in 1980 for shooting to death a Hudson’s Bay store manager during a Brink’s hold-up in Toronto.

After years of living a violent crime filled life, Glen became a Christian while he incarcerated at Kent Institution in 1982. His dedication to God began to move his life in new directions, in “a mighty way.”  Glen’s sentence was reduced by the Ontario Court of Appeal to 14 years to life. In 1987, he married his wife Sherry at William Head Institution. Paroled in 1992, Glen is the founder and co-facilitator of L.I.N.C. (Long-term Inmates Now in the Community).

In 1996, Glen was awarded the University College of the Fraser Valley’s volunteer of the year award in recognition of another program he developed called Partners in Learning which pairs tutors from Ferndale Institution with at risk youth in alternative schools in Mission and Abbotsford. He believes strongly in the concept of restorative justice, its empowerment of victims and ultimate goal of a safer community for all.

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