Dr. Liz Elliott

Founding Director

Elizabeth (Liz) Elliott, M.S.W., Ph.D, was the founding Co-Director of the Centre for Restorative Justice in the School of Criminology.  She was actively involved in prisons and restorative justice since 1981, first as a community-based social worker (1981-1986), then as a lecturer for the Prison Education Program in B.C. federal prisons (1988-1991) and then as a professor of restorative justice and corrections at Simon Fraser University.  Liz lectured, presented and published in the areas of restorative justice, prisons and criminological theory.  She co-edited New Directions in Restorative Justice (Willan, 2005), has written several book chapters and journal articles on restorative justice or prison, is a founding editor (1988) of the Journal of Prisoners on Prisons (University of Ottawa Press), and was an editorial board member for the journal, Contemporary Justice Review (Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group).  Her book, Security with Care, was published in 2011.  She was a board member of the Canadian prisoner aid organization, the John Howard Society of the Fraser Valley (B.C.) and the West Coast Prison Justice Society (Prisoners’ Legal Services), and was a regular member of the restorative justice group FAVOUR, which meets weekly in Ferndale Institution (federal minimum security prison).

In memorium of Liz Elliott
source: Restorative Justice in BC

It is with a heavy heart that I share the news that Dr. Elizabeth ‘Liz’ Elliott, Founding Director of the Centre for Restorative Justice at Simon Fraser University, and recipient of the National Ron Wiebe Restorative Justice Award in 2010, passed away the morning of September 9, 2011; at home, peacefully, and in the company of her loving family.

We send our blessings to her family and many friends.  She has touched many lives, and we all feel a great loss.

Liz’s work touched many lives at Simon Fraser University, the School of Criminology, and the Centre for Restorative Justice.

Yet, Liz Elliott’s work extended well beyond the walls of the University, into the lives of many many individuals, nationally and internationally; in particular, into the lives of our most vulnerable citizens in our prison system.

She will be sorely missed; yet, her legacy for the cause of restorative justice, social justice and correctional reform will remain strong.

Professor Robert Gordon, Director of the School of Criminology, Simon Fraser University, said it well:

“A warrior has fallen; it behooves the rest of us who share her commitment to pick up the banner and continue her work with greater resolve.”

I have no doubt that Liz Elliott’s tireless courage and compassion to “Be the Change you Want to See in the World” will live on in the lives of many.

In her book, Security with Care: Restorative Justice and Healthy Societies, she reflects on what she has learned through her work:

“I learned that the problems were much deeper than a flawed criminal justice system and that our work needed to begin in our relationships with each other and the natural world and, most importantly, with ourselves.”

In her final chapter she invites each of us “To Declare Yourself” to values and relationships that build and sustain health communities.

Her obituary and guest book can be found at:


You are invited to send cards and notes to the Centre for Restorative Justice at Simon Fraser Univeristy. We will place the cards and notes in her office, as Liz’s office will be open for visiting in the coming week. We will then pass on all the cards and notes to Liz’s family: her husband Milt Gluppe, her son Kristofor, and her daughter Maya.

Belonging to Everything,

Brenda Morrison
Centre for Restorative Justice,
School of Criminology,
Simon Fraser University,
8888 University Drive,
Burnaby, British Columbia
Canada        V5A 1S6


Security with Care

Restorative Justice and Healthy Societies

Elizabeth M. Elliott

“I learned that the problems were much deeper than a flawed criminal justice system, and that our work needed to begin in our relationships with each other and the natural world, and most importantly, with ourselves.” (from the preface)

Fernwood Publishing
February 2011


Macho Poilitics
Liz Elliott speaks about macho politics and how getting tough on crime does not mean getting effective.

Three Big Lies Gangs Tell
Liz Elliott speaks about the three big lies gangs tell and compares them to the criminal justice system