Nelson Restorative Justice & MIR Centre for Peace Presents: Katy Hutchison

Walking after Midnight: The Story of Bob
Katy Hutchison is restorative justice advocate with a compelling, real life story. Katy describes how alcohol and other drug use, bullying peer pressure, and misguided choices in an unchaperoned setting caused devastation to her family. Katy shares how this traumatic event impacted her as a wife and as a mother of two young children. Her presentation is designed to explore the dynamics that led to the events that changed everything for her and her family, and to empower communities to make healthier choices so similar tragedies can be prevented. Most importantly, she explores the power of forgiveness and describes her own grassroots quest for restorative justice.

Wednesday NOVEMBER 23, 2016, AT 7:00 PM
Civic Theatre, 719 Vernon St, Nelson
General Public $16 | Seniors $13 | Students $13
(Tickets are available at the door.)


We would like to express our thanks to Nelson Star, The Nelson Daily, Pennywise, Kootenay Coop Radio and EZ Rock for their generous donations of advertising for the Nelson Police Department Restorative Justice volunteer facilitator training.

We received many quality applications and have recently begun an eight week training program with 16 new volunteers. This is a very exciting time in the growth of the program which is establishing some excellent forward momentum.

We owe a great deal of gratitude to these businesses in supporting the valuable services that our community justice program provides.


Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General have announced the appointment of Ms. Elizabeth Edwards to the Nelson Police Board as the representative from the municipal council of the City of Nelson. Ms. Edwards’ term will end December 31, 2017.

The Nelson Police Board and Nelson Police Department wish to thank Director Roger Higgins for his contribution and dedication to the Board and wish him success in his future endeavors.

Nelson Police Department Swears In New Constable

lauren-mirva-and-cc-burkart-08sep2016Ms. Lauren Mirva became NPD’s newest police constable today, after being sworn in by Judicial Justice Laurie Langford. Constable Mirva is now one of three female officers with the Nelson Police Department.

Lauren is from Nelson and graduated from LV Rogers Secondary School where she was awarded the top female athlete award for her graduating year. Constable Mirva has a degree in Criminology from Mount Royal University and has worked as a security officer and seasonal forest firefighter.

Lauren enjoys snowboarding, tennis and outdoor activities, including hiking and biking. Lauren is excited to begin her new career in law enforcement. Lauren follows a family tradition in law enforcement as her father is a retired member of the RCMP who is presently serving as a deputy sheriff in Nelson and her sister is a deputy sheriff in Alberta.  She will commence training on September 19, 2016 at the Justice Institute of BC.


JAnstey and CC Burkart (2)Mr. Jason Anstey became police constable #86 on July 28, 2016. Constable Anstey replaces one of the three officers who have retired or resigned this past year from the Nelson Police Department.

Constable Anstey joins the Nelson Police Department after serving the past sixteen years with Toronto Police Services. Jason looks forward to policing in a smaller community and getting to know the beautiful community of Nelson.

The City of Nelson, the Nelson Police Board and the men and women of the Nelson Police Department are proud to welcome this highly qualified and experienced police officer to the NPD family.

(Photo Courtesy: B. Fuhr)

Volunteers Needed for Restorative Justice

Volunteer – Restorative Justice Facilitators

Nelson Police Department Restorative Justice (NPDRJ) is a community-based program that facilitates dialogue in the aftermath of crime and other harmful behaviour. Our program seeks to empower participants to share their experiences and to explore collaboratively ways to repair the harm. NPDRJ facilitators work to design a restorative response that meets the needs of all participants by providing victims with the opportunity to express how the incident has impacted them, helping offenders understand the impact of their actions and empowering them to take responsibility for the harm caused. They create value by strengthening mutual understanding to build consensus for a meaningful, reasonable, and fair resolution.

We are currently recruiting dedicated volunteers for the position of Restorative Justice Facilitator. Because of the seriousness and sensitive nature of the work we do, we are very discerning about which applicants we select as volunteers for the program. We cannot guarantee that everyone who applies will be accepted and we request your understanding if you are not selected to participate in the training.

See below link for an application form.  For more information on Restorative Justice, our program, or for clarification about the application process, please call 250 505-5654 or email

Application deadline is August 15, 2016

Volunteer Application fillable form


Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General have announced the appointment of Mr. Amed Naqvi to the Nelson Police Board. Mr. Naqvi’s term will be June 30, 2016 to June 30, 2018.

The Nelson Police Board and Nelson Police Department wish to thank Director Robert Goertz, who is stepping down, for his contribution and dedication to the Board and wish him success in his future endeavors.


NPD - NRJ LOGOThis is a free event but please RSVP to or by phone at 250-505-5654.

Dr. Grady will be discussing restorative justice in contrast to criminal justice in the context of recent neuroscientific research, and the traditional teachings of his people. He will also be discussing the impact of secondary trauma on service providers and emergency service responders.

Dr. Grady has been practicing counselling and psychotherapy in the fields of addictions, trauma, and death & dying for 36 years. He has a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology and a Doctorate of Divinity specific to Creation Spirituality. He is an elder of the West Kootenays Circle of Indigenous Nations Society and currently co-leads retreats, works with communities impacted by lateral violence and provides training and consultation using western and non-western approaches to health, well-being, spirituality, trauma and death & dying.


Mayor Kozak, Chair of the Nelson Police Board, invites interested citizens of Nelson to apply to serve on the Nelson Police Board. This is a part-time volunteer position.
Selection of Board Members is based on merit and the criteria include:
• reside in the Municipality of Nelson
• willingness, availability and capacity to make the commitment of time and effort required to carry out police board responsibilities
• demonstrated interest in police and/or related public social services
• community, neighbourhood or business involvement in Nelson
• ability to communicate effectively with all levels within an organization
• ability to contribute to a Board representing the diversity of Nelson’s citizens
• ability to make positive contributions to the Board through personal, professional,
occupation, business, volunteer or life experience
• willingness to undergo a criminal record check and personal suitability interview
• understanding of governance boards
The City of Nelson Council appoints one member to represent the municipality to the Nelson Police Board with a maximum term of six years. The Board provides independent civilian oversight and governance of the Nelson Police Department to ensure measurable progress towards a safer community.
The Board also establishes goals as well as priorities/objectives and develops the budget for the Nelson Police Department, in consultation with the Chief Constable. The Board is also responsible for service and policy complaints related to its Department. Since selection of board members is based on merit, you should have an understanding of governance boards as well as experience in business, financial management, administration, and community development. Please note that each board
member has fundamental responsibility to assist the Board in making effective and informed decisions and to direct and support the work of the Nelson Police Department.
To express your interest in this appointment, please submit
a covering letter and resume in writing by noon on Monday June 6th, 2016, to:
City of Nelson – Administration Department
Suite 101, 310 Ward Street
Nelson, BC V1L 5S4
Email to
Fax to (250) 352-2131
Please include your occupation, history of community involvement, other relevant
history/technical expertise and reasons for seeking appointment.
For further information, please visit or (250) 352-8285