Restorative Justice in
Abbotsford began in 2001

ABBOTSFORD RESTORATIVE JUSTICE
AND ADVOCACY ASSOCIATION

CONSTITUTION AND BYLAWS
Approved June 22, 2006


CONSTITUTION

1. The name of the Association is Abbotsford Restorative Justice and Advocacy Association.

2. The purposes of the Association are:

a)      To organize, administer and coordinate programs, committees, and resources that will promote, educate and implement the principles of restorative justice for the purpose of responding to incidents of crime, conflict and wrongdoing and for the prevention of crime, including but not limited to the following:

i.            To bring together a group of volunteers, community leaders and representatives with a variety of life experiences in order to develop, implement, operate and monitor referral-based community justice and conflict resolution programs;

ii.            To assist offenders in taking responsibility for their actions and repair the harm done to victims and community, encouraging them to understand, accept and carry out their obligations;

iii.            To support those harmed by crime, conflict and wrongdoing, enabling them to describe the impact of the crime or incident and to express what is needed to make things right;

iv.            To reconnect victims and offenders with the community by accessing community and other resources to provide assistance and support;

v.            To organize other committees, relationships and partnerships for the purpose of implementing the objectives of the Association;

b)      To promote and foster the public's participation and understanding of the justice system and the role of restorative justice within it;

c)      To enlist and recognize the services of people and other organizations in making the community a safer place, including the power to affiliate with other organizations with similar objectives, the affiliation with which may be in the interest of the Association;

d)      To communicate and liaise with all levels of government, as well as police departments, educational organizations, probation services and the court system in implementing programs, policies or activities related to the purposes of the Association;

e)      To solicit, accept and acquire by gift, donation, grant, purchase, lease or otherwise funds or property of any kind used to further the purposes of the Association; and enter into any carry out agreements, undertakings, fundraising and conditions in connection therewith.

3. The purposes of the Association shall be carried out without purpose of gain for its members, and any profits or other accretions to the Association shall be used for promoting its purposes.

4. In the event of winding-up or dissolution of the Association, funds and assets of the Association remaining after the satisfaction of its debts and liabilities shall be given or transferred to such organization or organizations in British Columbia with similar purposes to those of this Association as may be determined by the members of the Association at the time of winding-up or dissolution. If effect cannot be given to the aforesaid provisions, then such funds shall be given or transferred to some other organization provided, however, that such organization referred to in this paragraph shall be a registered charity recognized by Revenue Canada Taxation as being qualified as such under the provisions of the Income Tax Act of Canada from time to time in effect.

5. Clauses 3, 4, 5 and 6 of this Constitution are unalterable in accordance with the Society Act.

BYLAWS

PART 1: Interpretation

PART 2: Membership

PART 3: Conditions and Privileges of Membership

PART 4: Meetings of Members

PART 5: Proceedings at Association Meetings

PART 6: Voting

PART 7: Board of Directors

PART 8: Proceedings of Directors

PART 9: Duties of Officers

PART 10: Committees

PART 11: Seal

PART 12: Borrowing

PART 13: Auditor

PART 14: Notice to Members

PART 15: Bylaws