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Mark Yantze - Restorative Justice Pioneer

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Mark Yantze engineered the first Restorative Justice Program in Canada, in 1973.  Beginning with the Elmira Case a well-known multiple vandalism incident that led to the arrest of two young men.  Mark came up with the idea of having the offenders face their victims in place of taking the young men the court.  Based on the success of that first RJ resolution process Kitchener, Canada proceeded to initiate Community Justice Initiative - The first of many RJ programs in Canada.  Mark served as Executive Director for CJI until retiring in 2009.

Mark, currently, is an adjunct Professor At Queens School of Religion, Queens University, Kingston, Ontario.  He is involved as a facilitator in addressing clergy misconduct and its aftermath with various denominations with FaithCARE.  And, he is a presenter of numerous workshops, nationally and internationally, on Restorative Justice and the application of it to numerous situations and settings.