Restorative Action

The Abbotsford Restorative Justice and Advocacy Association (ARJAA) maintains an active program of Restorative Justice at Colleen & Gordie Howe Middle School.  ARJAA provides training programs designed to equip administrators, teachers, staff, students and parents in the philosophies and practices of Restorative Action.

Restorative Action is founded on respect, uses inclusive collaborative processes, focuses on harms and needs, addresses obligations, and involves stakeholders, affected parties and the school community. The goal is not to punish, but to put right what has gone wrong.

The development of Restorative Action results in safer, healthier school communities in which harms are meaningfully addressed for those who have been hurt, accompanied by new learning for all participants.  This learning includes development of awareness, empathy and understanding; new skills, so wrongdoing and victimization won’t be repeated; and a new experience of handling conflict in a positive and productive way.

See the attached file to find out what your student might experience through the Restorative Action program.

For more information, please contact Susan Havinga at or visit