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Award honours restorative justice pioneer

December 2, 2010

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The Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) has honoured associate professor Liz Elliott for her work as “a driving force” behind the country’s restorative justice movement.

The SFU criminologist received the 2010 Ron Wiebe Restorative Justice Award Nov. 15 in Regina at a symposium marking National Restorative Justice Week.

The award recognizes her “passion for and dedication to restorative justice,” an approach to crime that focuses on the victims’ and offenders’ needs instead of the need to satisfy legal principles or the community’s need to exact punishment.

Elliott co-founded SFU’s Centre for Restorative Justice in the School of Criminology and established its first restorative justice course, now taught at all three campuses. She has spent more than three decades teaching, researching and providing outreach to prisons.

Well known in corrections circles for her outreach, she contributes to numerous community organizations and has developed strong ties between those groups and SFU.

In addition, Elliott coordinates and participates on a host of panels, dialogues and workshops and tirelessly promotes the events among her students and the wider community.

“This is a richly deserved and long overdue award,” says School of Criminology director and colleague, Robert Gordon. “With all due respect to the other RJ luminaries, I cannot think of a more deserving recipient at this time.”

The award recognizes Canadians who have demonstrated, through their work or lifestyle, ways of transforming human relationships by promoting communication and healing between people in conflict, including victims, offenders, colleagues, families and neighbours.

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