Dr. Evelyn Zellerer
Ph.D. Criminology
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Highlights 2020 & Resources

Highlights 2020 & Resources

Wow 2020 was a year of surprises, challenges, reckonings and opportunities. At Peace of the Circle, we had a very active year! Offering you highlights as well as inspiration and resources. And acknowledging our wonderful hosts and partners. Grateful to connect with...

International Restorative Justice Week 2020

International Restorative Justice Week 2020

Are you ready for International Restorative Justice Week? From it's humble beginnings in the 1970s in England, to Canada redefining and expanding it into Restorative Justice Week in the 1990s, this yearly celebration recently expanded again to become International...

Smart Justice – An Invitation

It's abundantly clear that the justice system has many limitations and 'get tough' approaches to crime are ineffective. Rather than focusing on what doesn't work, I'm always interested in creating what does work. Hence I was intrigued to be invited to join the Smart...

Love and Human Rights

Love and Human Rights

Millions celebrate LGBT Pride around the world (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender; there are variations, such as LGBTQI - adding queer and intersex). As I post this, Reykjavik Pride just wrapped up in Iceland and more events are about to start in Quebec Canada....

School Violence: “You Can’t Build Peace With a Piece”

School Violence: “You Can’t Build Peace With a Piece”

Schools are supposed to be places of learning and development. Many schools have become war zones instead. The USA is well known for its gun related and school violence. In January of this year alone, there were 8 school shootings! The deadliest school massacre in...

New Year, Tibet & Love

New Year, Tibet & Love

A new year is upon us. According to the Chinese lunar calendar, we have just entered the year of the Snake. As I write this, Losar - Tibetan New Year - begins. Tibetans are not celebrating the holiday like their Chinese counterparts. Leaders, including the elected...

Nonjudgment & Goodness – Happy Holidays!

Nonjudgment & Goodness – Happy Holidays!

Wow, 2012 is coming to a close. What an incredible year it's been. Thanks for your interest in my work! For my last blog of this year, I share 3 reminders through 3 fabulous short video clips. # 1.  Practice non-judgment (note: it's ok to laugh, indeed a bonus...

Restorative Justice Week and Beyond

Restorative Justice Week and Beyond

Canada led the way in annually celebrating Restorative Justice Week; this year's theme was “Diverse Needs; Unique Responses”. I agree with Dr. Theo Gavrielides that we need to now make this International Restorative Justice Week! So let’s proclaim it as such; his...

Asking Questions, Loving & Creating a New Reality

Asking Questions, Loving & Creating a New Reality

What question could you ask that would contribute to a new reality? I’ve come to appreciate the power of questions. This was brought home yet again when I watched Velcrow Ripper’s newest film Occupy Love. Documenting global movements - including Arab Spring, Occupy,...

Connecting and Self-Care: a restorative retreat

Connecting and Self-Care: a restorative retreat

I’ve come to appreciate how important it is to connect with other colleagues and to also do self-care. We tend to be so busy and there seems to be no time. It’s part of the problem of this do-do-do reality. It’s time to BE first and foremost, to make ourselves a...

Heartspeak: Videos on Restorative Justice

Heartspeak: Videos on Restorative Justice

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. So imagine what a documentary is worth?! Documentaries are a great resource for learning and educating. Prison Fellowship International has an excellent Restorative Justice Online library which includes a summary of...

Talking Sticks & Communication: in memory of Stephen Covey

Talking Sticks & Communication: in memory of Stephen Covey

I was surprised to hear of Stephen Covey’s passing on July 16. He was 79 and died peacefully in Idaho, USA, from residual effects of a bicycle accident. Dr Stephen R. Covey won many awards and sold millions of his books in multiple languages. He was recognized as one...

International Symposium on Restorative Justice & Human Rights

International Symposium on Restorative Justice & Human Rights

I’ve had the honour of being invited as one of twenty people to present at the first international symposium on restorative justice and human rights in Greece. How could I possibly say no?! We’ll be meeting June 2-7, on Skopelos Island (yes where the movie Mama Mia...

BC Justice Review Submission

I’ve been thinking about “justice” for as long as I can remember, including how do we actually achieve it? I applaud governments who are willing to critically review and reform their justice systems. Many key concerns have been identified, for example through the...

Murder, Life without Parole, and Our Youth

Murder, Life without Parole, and Our Youth

Murder is a terrible, heinous crime. No doubt about that. We need to question though how we best respond. Especially our knee jerk reaction of lock 'em up and throw away the key. Are all murders and all murderers the same, equally deserving of the harshest punishment?...

Torture & Nonviolent Communication

Torture & Nonviolent Communication

I’m teaching a course on Justice. I always invite students to engage, both with the real world and with each other. Yesterday students facilitated a discussion on their own topic of interest: torture. I'm disturbed that some students think torture is justified. I’m...

Responding to Rioters: Criminal & Restorative Justice

Responding to Rioters: Criminal & Restorative Justice

How do you feel about Ryan Dickinson’s sentence? That was the opening question I was just asked in an interview with CBC TV news. Ryan, 20 years old, is the first person sentenced in Vancouver’s Stanley Cup riot. He pled guilty and was just given 17 months prison and...

Good News & Visual Peacemaking

Good News & Visual Peacemaking

We all know we're inundated with stories of violence, hatred and revenge in the news and on TV. The news doesn’t adequately cover what is really going on. I was fortunate to experience firsthand the goodness in people, and stories that never make it into popular...

Martin Luther King and Life after Hate

Martin Luther King and Life after Hate

"We must all learn to live together as brothers or we will all perish together as fools. We are tied together in the single garment of destiny, caught in an inescapable network of mutuality." ~ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Happy Martin Luther King Day! I’m glad we...

Time for an Awakening

Time for an Awakening

December is a month of many celebrations, such as Bodhi Day, Hanukkah, Solstice, Christmas and Kwanzaa. I’m reflecting on our fabulous diversity, our challenges to get along with one another across divides, and the invitation for Peace on Earth. This month Buddhists...

Forgiveness

Forgiveness

I’m interested in stories of transformation and utilizing their potential for educating, healing and inspiring. We need to be reminded of what is truly possible. So I am dedicating this blog to The Forgiveness Project and the possibility of forgiveness. The...