Peace of the Circle is thrilled to share some extraordinary news! On November 4, Dr. Evelyn Zellerer, was honored with the 2023 Restorative Justice Award 2023 from the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General.

Dr. Zellerer’s dedication to her work has not only earned her this recognition but also further emphasized the importance of restorative justice in our society.

The nomination read: “As the founder of Peace of the Circle, Dr. Zellerer is a justice and peacemaking innovator offering space for people to have forward focused conversations to create change, using the energy of conflict to generate peace.

She is a peace and safety visionary who in times of great unrest, continues to believe in humanity. She is the embodiment of activated hope, and all of us within the Collective are here voluntarily because she took the first step. Every positive change begins with one person choosing hope first, this is Evelyn. We hope you will choose her to receive a Community Safety Award this year. Vancouver is a safer, friendlier place of possibilities with Evelyn in it.

November’s first week marks Crime Prevention Week, dedicated to raising awareness about the significance of community safety programs and initiatives. Dr. Zellerer’s award is a testament to the positive impact she has made in this crucial area.

Dr. Zellerer has been championing restorative and Indigenous justice for over 25 years, leading many projects and developing and teaching numerous peace building courses, presenting at numerous forums, nationally and internationally, including the United Nations and over 20 publications behind her. Among many accomplishments, Evelyn co-organized and co-chaired the International Conference on Women’s Rights and Violence against Women in Almaty, Kazakhstan (2000). Evelyn was an invited keynote speaker at the first International Conference on Restorative Justice & Crime Prevention, University of Tarbiat Modares, Tehran, Iran (2016).

Dr. Zellerer is an International relational changemaker, sharing peace circles and consensus work in diverse settings such as Brazil, Iran, Nepal, Mozambique, South Africa, UK and across Turtle Island – with governments, Indigenous Nations, communities, workplaces, police, courts, corrections, schools, and families.

Each year, the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General takes the opportunity to acknowledge those who have excelled in various facets of crime prevention, including restorative justice, victim services, and community safety. The Community Safety and Crime Prevention Awards recognize individuals, groups, and programs that have shown exceptional dedication and made significant contributions in these fields. Dr. Zellerer’s selection as the recipient of the Restorative Justice Award demonstrates her outstanding commitment to fostering justice, healing, and reconciliation within our communities.

Congratulations, Dr. Zellerer, and thank you for your outstanding contributions!

We also extend our congratulations and applause to all the recipients of the Community Safety and Crime Prevention Awards.

* Angela Marie MacDougall, Award of Distinction
* Debbie Klaric, Services to Victims Award
* Gary Thandi, Safe Communities Award
* North Okanagan Youth and Family Services Society, Youth Leadership Award

Together, we can create a world where restorative justice and community safety are at the forefront of our collective mission.