Dr. Evelyn Zellerer
Ph.D. Criminology

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Highlights of 2019

Highlights of 2019

Celebrating a few highlights of 2019 and acknowledging our wonderful hosts and partners.

Thank you for your continuing interest and participation in our expanding global work.

International Restorative Justice Week & Beyond

International Restorative Justice Week & Beyond

Restorative Justice Week Working with restorative justice programs Resources Restorative Justice Week The origins of RJ week can be traced to England where in 1975, prison chaplaincies created one day to remember incarcerated men and women, "Prisoner's Sunday". The...

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...

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...

Ending War: Costa Rica, Iraq and Beyond

Ending War: Costa Rica, Iraq and Beyond

Costa Rica doesn’t have an army. Imagine a country in Central America with no investment in war. What would it take for all countries to put down their arms and to end war on our planet? I was just in Costa Rica for a workshop. Reflecting on possible futures and...

Occupy: How do We bring about Change?

Occupy: How do We bring about Change?

My life’s work is about transformation; about getting from where we are to where we would like to be. The process or the means by which we bring about change is of utmost importance. I see two main paradigms in the world, and a movement with an opportunity. One...

Canada’s Omnibus Crime Bill and Restorative Justice

Canada’s Omnibus Crime Bill and Restorative Justice

Dear Canada, It’s time to get smart on crime and to create a more powerful vision of justice. I am concerned about the omnibus crime bill introduced by Canada’s conservative government. I spent a long time talking with national reporter Doug Quan and am thrilled to...

Murder, Death Penalty & Restorative Justice

Murder, Death Penalty & Restorative Justice

Pleas are being made to save Troy Davis’ life. He has been on death row in Georgia for the last 20 years; his execution is set for this Wed Sept 21. Troy claims he is innocent; there is no physical evidence tying him to the crime and most of the witnesses recanted or...