Christianne Paras is the co-founder of ROOTS – Reclaiming Our Truths & Stories, an organization that offers workshops and dialogue events on decolonization, anti-oppression, anti-racism, and relational and healing practices for justice practitioners. With over 20 years’ experience in the restorative justice field, she is an accomplished facilitator with expertise in a variety of practice models including victim offender dialogue, family group conferencing and peacemaking circles.
She previously served as Fraser Region Community Justice Initiatives’ (CJI) training and education coordinator. During her time at CJI, she established the annual one-day Widening the Lens Symposium, which explored issues around equity, diversity, and inclusions in restorative justice. She has supported and provided training for organizations across Canada.
Prior to her role with CJI, Christianne was a program manager for the North Shore Restorative Justice Society and managed various referrals from North Vancouver RCMP, West Vancouver Police and other community agencies. She also established a variety of social justice-related community initiatives in the North Shore – including the Building Vibrant Communities Workshops, Community Dialogue Series, and Speak Out, an initiative that provides opportunities for seniors and youth to engage in dialogue on issues such as identity, power, violence and justice.
She is one of the founding directors of the newly established Restorative Justice Association of British Columbia (RJ ABC), and currently serves as chair of the Board of Directors. Christianne is also a long-time anti-oppression and anti-racism facilitator with the North Shore Multicultural Society, providing workshops in schools and organizations across the Lower Mainland.
Christianne holds a bachelor of arts degree (with recognition) in criminology from Simon Fraser University, and a diploma in criminology from Douglas College. She is a published researcher and author, and has been involved in various research projects on topics such as safety in seniors’ living spaces, online gambling, race and the criminal justice system, and restorative justice.
She is known as a passionate, reflective, and ethically grounded practitioner who brings authentic presence and insight into her practice and training.