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Our Board of Directors/Team

Valerie Sybbliss – Past President

Valerie’s training and experience has spanned the last 20 years and she has sat as a volunteer board member for the Durham Rape Crisis Centre. She has volunteered with the Oshawa United Way as a facilitator and Information Oshawa Board. She has a Degree in Psychology/Sociology and has obtained a Counseling Technique Certificate. She is currently registered with the Alternate Dispute Resolution Association of Ontario as a full member. She has completed Facilitation Training through the Joint Learning Program where she has delivered a number of workshops. She has also completed facilitation training through the Canadian Labour Congress and Alliance Facilitation Network where she has also delivered workshops.

Through her employer she has participated in a number of conflict resolution sessions and mediated a number of workplace conflicts. She has participated in a formal grievance process and participated in resolving conflict through informal conflict resolution and has developed and delivered workplace training in the basics of an informal conflict management system. Valerie currently sits on CJA board as a volunteer Board of Directors.

Laurie Priske – President

Laurie Priske is a Professor in the Paralegal and 911 Emergency Response/Call Centre Operations diploma programs at Durham College. In addition, for five years she was the field placement liaison also responsible for overseeing student fundraising efforts and program coordinator for the Paralegal program. Laurie is a licensed paralegal and member in good standing with the Law Society of Upper Canada. After graduating from college, she worked as a legal assistant/law clerk for ten years prior to owning and operating a successful paralegal firm in the Durham Region serving Small Claims, Landlord/ Tenant and Provincial Offences clients. Committed to life-long learning, Laurie completed her Advanced Mediation Certificate from Conrad Grebel College at Waterloo University and is currently pursuing her Mediation Practicum at Durham College. Laurie has participated as a Board Member on multiple projects involving the creation and maintenance of Co-operative Housing Developments in the Durham Region.

Richmond Acheampong – Treasurer

Richmond is a Quality Control Investigator with the City of Toronto Water Quality Department. Prior to joining CJA, Richmond was a BOD Member for the Regent Park Community Health Center 2005 and in 2006-2007 served as the Vice-President and was on the Strategic Planning Committee. Richmond currently sits on CJA board as a volunteer Board of Directors.

Lee-Anne Moore – Secretary

Lee-Anne Moore is a licensed Paralegal with the Law Society of Upper Canada, and was the highest ranking graduate of the 2016 paralegal program at Durham College. She has a background in sales and small business operations, and a great deal of experience in a professional office environment. Her experience negotiating, editing correspondence and reviewing contracts has developed a keen attention to detail, impeccable organizational skills, outstanding customer service practices and a passion to assist those around her; it is with these abilities that Lee-Anne serves clients with a focus on WSIB and Human Rights law through her sole proprietorship.

In addition to being Secretary of the Board for Community Justice Alternatives, Lee-Anne also dedicates her time to volunteering as a co-coordinator of the Paralegal Continuing Professional Development seminars hosted by Durham College and CIJS and assists Durham Region Police Service with their annual Racing Against Drugs event.

Helen Lightstone – Director

Helen is a Chartered Mediator and is a roster mediator with the Ontario Mandatory Mediation Program in Toronto, Windsor and Ottawa. She is a licensed paralegal and a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada. Helen Lightstone is a member of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Institute of Ontario, the Upper Ottawa Valley Chamber of Commerce, the Whitby Chamber of Commerce and a graduate of Seneca College, Court and Tribunal Agent Diploma Program. Her mediation training began at Seneca College and continued at York University, Atkinson College, and Toronto. She volunteered with local Mediation Services; Conflict Mediation Services – Downsview (CMS-D) and Peel Mediation Services. Her practice involves workplace conflict, community issues, civil disputes, victim offender dialogue, training, and coaching. She has worked with the following colleges: Durham College, Seneca College and Sheridan College. Helen Lightstone has worked with the following: The Department of National Defence, CFB Petawawa, Loopstra Nixon LLP, St. Stephen’s Community House, Durham College, Sheridan College, Peel Mediation Services, Ronald Taylor & Associates, Conflict Mediation Services—Downsview, Seneca College. Helen currently sits on CJA board as a volunteer Board of Directors.

Jonathan Thibert L.L.B. – Vice-President

Jonathan holds a diploma in Police Foundations and a Graduate Certificate in Paralegal Studies from Durham College, a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology from the University of Ontario Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Law (Honours) from the University of Exeter in the United Kingdom.

 Through a lot of hard work and an adventurous spirit, Jonathan was fortunate enough to travel for work and school, which allowed him to live on four continents over the last decade. On the journey to his current position, he has been a factory worker, a cook, an English teacher, a salesman and a childcare worker at an HIV clinic/orphanage, among other things. Through his broad range of experience, he has discovered that his true passion is with three separate, but connected, disciplines: the law, education and social service. Having seen the deplorable conditions on Canadian reserves, inner-city schools, developing nations and even in our justice system, he knows that opportunities are not always equal. Currently, Jonathan volunteers with Marmac Legal and Immigration LLP assisting clients on Human Rights matters, is a co-coordinator for the Paralegal Continuing Professional Development seminars at Durham College Centre for Integrated Justice Studies and works part-time as an IT Advisor. As a Director for Community Justice Alternatives of Durham Region, Jonathan uses his experience and education help others have an opportunity to reach their potential.

Katie Caza-Glenn – Director

Katie is a graduate with Honours of Durham College in the Paralegal Graduate Certificate Program. She also holds an Honours Diploma in Protection, Security & Investigations, and owns and operates her business providing legal services.

Katie has six years of experience working with seniors in long term care as a Personal Support Worker. The fast pace and steady changes have developed her ability to quickly adapt and think on her feet. Katie’s experiences assisting individuals suffering from mental illness and diminished capacity are what led to her passion for providing legal services. It is through this that Katie is able to offer support, and guidance to those in need. Her role as a PSW provided her additional training in crisis prevention and intervention which allows her to advocate and mediate for residents rights.

It is through her volunteer experience with the Durham Regional Police Services “Racing Against Drugs” program that Katie discovered her interest in Criminal law and social justice. It is also through this work that Katie became aware of Community Justice Alternatives, for which she is now a Director of the Board. She is also a member of the CPD events hosted by Durham College and CIJS where she assists in the planning and provision of materials and presenters. However, her altruism doesn’t end there, as Katie is also on the membership committee for a non-profit housing co-operative where her familiarity with policies and procedures allow her to orientate prospective tenants.

 

Staff

Suzette Lewis – Executive Director

John Rowe – Manager, Community Service Orders

Monique Mara – Coordinator/Facilitator, CALM Program

Kenroy Wilson – Coordinator, Diverse Reintegration Youth Program

Nicole desVignes – Accounting/ Bookkeeping

Audrey Sibley Isenor – Case Coordinator, DCMP & VORP (volunteer)