Restorative Justice in
Abbotsford began in 2001



Joanne Field

Executive Director

Joanne Field is currently the Executive Director of Abbotsford Restorative Justice and Advocacy Association (ARJAA), a Community Accountability and Crime

 Prevention Program within the province of British Columbia. ARJAA provides Restorative Justice and Restorative Action programs and services within the municipality of Abbotsford in partnership and cooperation with the Abbotsford Police Department, Abbotsford School District, the City of Abbotsford and other community agencies. In previous years Joanne has been an Abbotsford School Trustee for 15 years, School Board Chair for 4 years; Mayor's Crime Reduction Task Force member; Abbotsford Youth Commission Board Member; Board Chair of Abbotsford Restorative Justice; School District 34’s Drug Prevention Committee Chair; Abbotsford Community Leaders Award Recipient and founding member of the Board of Directors for the Character Abbotsford initiative, Most recently one of the highlights of Joanne’s leadership was when ARJAA was named one of the first recipients of the newly established Dr. Liz Elliott Justice Memorial Award for community safety and crime prevention in B.C. including recognition for their innovative partnerships and advancing the work of restorative justice, bringing caring and respectful services to victims, offenders and their communities. Joanne remains committed to community based justice and prevention initiatives that build youth resiliency, family cohesion, and work towards more restorative and safe communities that provide opportunities for respect, responsibility, hope, reconciliation and peace


Lorraine Schmidt

Operations and Program Assistant Manager

Lorraine first joined ARJAA in December 2006 as a Practicum student, and was trained as a volunteer mediator in Restorative Justice and Victim Offender Mediation through ARJAA and Fraser Region Community Justice Initiatives. Lorraine joined ARJAA as a full-time staff member in April 2007 dividing her time between administrative duties and developing and coordinating the mentoring program. Throughout her time with ARJAA, Lorraine has expanded her responsibilities and currently holds the position of Operations and Program Assistant Manager. Lorraine completed her degree from Kwantlen University College with a Bachelor in Community Criminal Justice in April 2007. 


Ben Braun-Kauffman

Restorative Justice Case Manager

Ben has worked in the Restorative Justice field for the last six years, beginning his involvement with ARJAA after completing his BA in Inter-Cultural Studies. He currently coordinates the processing of police referrals to the Restorative Justice program. Along with completing his Victim Offender Mediation Certificate with Community Justice Initiatives, he is also a certified RCMP Community Justice Forum Facilitator. Ben specializes in navigating the sensitive dynamics that cultural lenses pose to the conflict resolution process. In his pursuit of integrating Family Systems Theory through training with the Satir Institute of the Pacific, he has developed a greater appreciation of the opportunities that conflict presents in allowing people to move into deeper levels of congruency.


Justin Hohne

Mentoring Program Coordinator & Agreement Supervisor

Justin first joined ARJAA in January of 2012 as a volunteer mentor and was later trained as a volunteer mediator in Restorative Justice and Victim Offender Mediation through ARJAA and Fraser Region Community Justice Initiatives. Since that time, Justin has been and still is an active volunteer within the organization heavily involved in the mentoring component. Justin joined ARJAA as a staff member in August 2013 with the responsibility of coordinating the mentoring program and supervising restitution agreements. Justin graduated from the University of the Fraser Valley with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice in 2015 and is now working full time as the Mentoring Coordinator and Agreement Supervisor.


Kim Riddell

Restorative Action Program Coordinator

Kim began working with ARJAA as a volunteer mediator in 2012. Inspired by the Victim Offender Mediation training through ARJAA and a long-standing interest in restorative justice practices, Kim went on to complete a one year Restorative Justice certificate program through Simon Fraser University. Kim has past experience working for the Correctional Service of Canada and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of British Columbia. Kim has transitioned from ARJAA volunteer to staff member and is currently working in Abbotsford schools. Kim is inspired on a daily basis by the power of restorative practices in all areas of life and is excited to be part of the ARJAA team.


Susan Havinga

Restorative Action Facilitator/Trainer (RAFT)

Susan became a volunteer with ARJAA in January 2011 after completing her Restorative Justice and Victim Offender Mediation training from ARJAA.  In August 2011, she also completed her Third party Mediation and her Negotiation Certificate at the Justice Institute of BC. She has a passion for people of all ages and is a strong believer and supporter for restorative justice as she continues to see first-hand the restoring and rebuilding of students, family, friends, and the community that happens when these practices are put into place. Susan also volunteers at both the Fraser Valley Institution and the Pacific Region Institution through the Elizabeth Fry and John Howard Association, and is working alongside others to promote Restorative Justice within the Prison System. She is married, has 3 grown children and 4 grandchildren. She loves to jog, cycle, and enjoys the outdoors.


Ajay Klassen

Restorative Action Facilitator/Trainer (RAFT)

Ajay Klassen first became involved with ARJAA in September 2013. He joined as a practicum student from UFV, and in January 2014 was hired to be on staff. His role at ARJAA has always been directly involved with the RA program in the middle schoosl in School District 34, where he participates in conflict mediations, the circle program, and other various forms of conflict coaching. Ajay has completed ARJAA's Victim Offender Mediation Training Certificate and has extensive volunteer experiences with at-risk youth in the city of Abbotsford, as well as volunteer experience in Mission and Matsqui Federal Correctional Institutions. Ajay is currently in his fourth year of a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice at UFV. In his spare time he enjoys playing a variety of instruments, competing in any type of sport, and going on (un)planned adventures with his girlfriend, friends and family.


Sheila Neufeld

Restorative Action Facilitator/Trainer (RAFT)

Sheila first joined ARJAA as a volunteer mediator after completing the Victim-Offender Conferencing training in April 2012 through ARJAA and Community Justice Initiatives. Her involvement with ARJAA expanded in January 2017 to include becoming part of the Restorative Action staff team facilitating the circle program, conflict mediations and conflict coaching in both Elementary and Middle Schools in Abbotsford.

Sheila has past and current experience working with individuals facing mental health challenges and disabilities and holds a Bachelors in Religious Education with a focus on counseling. As well, she has completed some recent coursework in the areas of family dynamics, family justice systems and multi-cultural issues from the Justice Institute of British Columbia.

Sheila is married and has 4 children. She likes spending time with family and friends, reading and learning and...a good cup of coffee.