Christianne Paras serves as Fraser Region Community Justice Initiatives’ Training and Education Coordinator. With 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. Prior to her role with CJI, Christianne served as Program Manager with North Shore Restorative Justice Society. During this time, she managed the facilitation of various referrals from North Vancouver RCMP, West Vancouver Police, and other community agencies. The types of offenses referred to the program ranged from mischief, theft under, arson, and assaults. 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 which provide opportunities for seniors and youth dialogue on issues such 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 cultural facilitator with the North Shore Multicultural Society, providing anti-oppression and culture, diversity workshops in schools 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 has been involved in a wide variety of research projects on topics such as safety in seniors’ living spaces, online gambling, and race and the criminal justice system. She is known as a passionate, thoughtful and ethically grounded practitioner who brings authentic presence and insight into her practice and training.