The 2017 National Ron Wiebe Restorative Justice Award Recipient: Kimberly Mann
Correctional Service Canada
Anyone who has had the opportunity to work with Kimberly Mann can attest to the fact that she is an extraordinary person. She has contributed with great integrity and courageous perseverance to the practice of restorative justice in the criminal justice field in Canada.
Kim is the Executive Director of the Collaborative Justice Program (CJP) and has been a caseworker with the program since 1999. CJP is one of few programs in Canada that applies a restorative approach to cases of serious adult and youth crime at the post-charge/pre-sentence stage of the criminal justice process. The program's success is in great part due to Kim's openness and flexibility, her skill in creative problem solving, and her ability to develop and foster relationships. Her passion for a healing vision of justice has infused CJP with energy, purpose, and direction. It is Kim's dedication and commitment that have shaped CJP into a best practice model for restorative justice in Canada and beyond.
Many speak of her humane and humble approach, which assures people of their worth and dignity, all the while encouraging vulnerability and trust. Kim has a special gift in relating to people - she listens, she reflects, and she creates a safe place for people to express themselves. She is tender-hearted in her support of people who are wounded and broken. Still, she can be tough and firm in holding people to account for their actions. Her compassion, her lively sense of humour and her insight have been instrumental in helping participants on their journey. She helps people discover resiliency and strength they did not know they had.
Her ability to affect positive change is also reflected in her work with the Ottawa Restorative Justice Network, where she has co-chaired for many years. Her influence has seen the network move from being a planning committee for activities during Restorative Justice Week to a place for like-minded restorative justice organizations and practitioners to learn from and support each other.
Kim has advocated for the validity of restorative justice approaches and has helped many to understand the value of restorative principles and practices. Her ability to make connections with people in different domains has helped take criminal justice out of its legal silo and place it within the context of humanizing justice.