Who We Are
Eva E. Marszewski, O. Ont., L.S.M.
Founder and Chief Executive Officer
For her pioneering work in adapting Peacebuilding Circles to Toronto’s diverse communities, Eva was awarded the prestigious Law Society Medal from the Law Society of Upper Canada, the YMCA Peace Medallion in 2006, the Canadian Congress on Criminal Justices’ Crime Prevention Award in 2007, and the Dianne Martin Medal for Social Justice Through Law in 2009. Eva became a Fellow of the Ashoka Foundation in 2010 and was the first recipient of the Roy McMurtry Community Service Award in 2013. Eva was most recently awarded the 2015 Order of Ontario, which is the province’s highest official honour recognizing her high level of individual excellence and achievement in restorative justice.
Elisha was previously the Canadian Director of Ashoka, a global organization focused on finding and scaling the most game-changing social innovations. She served as Co-Chair of Civic Action’s Emerging Leaders Network (ELN) from 2016-2017, a network devoted to promoting collaborative civic leadership in the GTHA. She is a board member of Building Up, a social enterprise that trains individuals who face barriers to employment with skills in environmental building retrofits.
Elisha started her career in youth development, building and running programs in Toronto, New York City and Syracuse. Elisha has an MBA from the Schulich School of Business at York University and a BA in Psychology from McGill University. When not working to change the world for the better, Elisha can be found riding her bike around town with her partner and two young kids.
Restorative Justice Programs Manager
As the Restorative Justice Programs Manager at a youth courthouse, Jody utilizes her skills and experience to provide restorative justice supports to youth that are experiencing conflict with the law. She strives to ensure youth have a meaningful experience; that they finish the diversion process with a greater appreciation for the positive skills that they possess and a better understanding of how they can move forward to achieve their goals.
Prior to her position at Peacebuilders, Jody Dunn was the Program Director of a youth-led justice organization that provided reintegration supports to youth of African descent in Toronto. Jody is currently a board member of Harriet Tubman Community Organization and also sits on the Catholic Children’s Aid Society of Toronto Advisory Group for Services to African Descent Families.
Phillip Chuck Jr.
Community Engagement Coordinator
Despite my own accountability, I understand the socio-economic conditions that at one point armed a child who was lost, lacking a sense of identity, home and safety with a gun and bag of crack and told him, that this was the only way get “HIS”. So now as this “FLAWED INDIVIDUAL” I see the necessity for change, for actual change, the need to disarm our children and rearm them with knowledge of self and the recognition that despite the hindrance of the socio-economic circumstances that there is hope, identity, home and safety for them.
Circle Resource and Volunteer Coordinator
The judicial court process can be discouraging and disheartening for young people and Eliana strongly believes that best way to support youth in conflict and to prevent them from continuing within the criminal justice system is to empower youth and help them build on their own strengths to move forward in a way that is positive and meaningful.
Eliana is a graduate of the Humber College Alternative Dispute Resolution program and has a BA in Criminology with a specialization in socio-legal studies. In her free time, Eliana enjoys eating and cooking, painting, knitting, sewing, and restoring old furniture.
Restorative Schools Manager
Erica Lalonde completed her undergraduate studies in Psychology and Inclusive Education through Mount Royal University and Athabasca University, and is currently working towards her masters in Counselling via distance learning. As the Restorative Schools Programs Manager, Erica is working with educators, police, community organizations, and young people to interrupt the school-to-prison pipeline and better incorporate restorative practices into Toronto schools.
Restorative Schools Coordinator (Eastdale Collegiate Institute)
Ali has a BA and BSW from York University and first became interested in restorative practices as a volunteer Youth Justice Conference facilitator in northern Ontario. In her spare time, Ali likes to watch movies and read books, watch more movies and read more books.
Restorative Schools Coordinator (Central Technical School)
Because of her experience and the experiences of the countless people she’s encountered along this journey of life, she always aims to show youth that they can overcome the obstacles they will experience and that it really is true, “it’s beauty in the struggle, ugliness in the success.” (J.Cole – Love Yourz). In her spare time, Rachelle likes to write, listen to music, workout and watch a wide variety of shows from Real Housewives to The Originals to anything on the VICE channel.
Youth Justice and Advocacy Lawyer
After graduate school, Laura went on to obtain a law degree from the University of Windsor in 2012. She spent much of her time during law school volunteering at Windsor’s Community Legal Aid Clinic, providing legal assistance to low-income community members. She also volunteered at Justice for Children and Youth, a legal aid clinic in Toronto, where she came to understand the unique relationship between youth and the justice system in Toronto. This work helped direct her commitment to advocating for social justice toward youth in her own city.
Before joining Peacebuilders, Laura practiced civil litigation at a personal injury firm in Toronto, where she advocated for the rights of injured people and people living with disabilities. In addition to her law degree and master’s degree, Laura holds an Honours BA in Political Science and History from the University of Western Ontario.
Communications and Public Policy Coordinator
Director of Financial and Fundraising Management
Carl was educated in Washington State and Ontario, and holds an MBA degree from Gonzaga University and a Master of Divinity degree from Tyndale Seminary. He also completed two bachelor degrees in Human Resources Management and Economics, along with a diploma in Information Systems with honours. Initially working in the commercial sector, Carl was the Senior Territory Manager at ViewSonic and worked with Fortune 500 companies across Canada.
Moving to the non-profit sector, Carl served as Director, Donor Programs at Yonge Street Mission, and as Director of Organizational Effectiveness and Systems Management at Hong Fook Mental Health Association. In his spare time, he loves to spend time with his family, his orange tabby cat and watch movies.
Dhiana studied accounting at Shaw College and has been working as a bookkeeper since 2001. Born in Venezuela, Dhiana is an active member of the Venezuelan community in Toronto.
In 2003, she co-founded the nonprofit organization, Foundation Cultural Alma Llanera and is currently the vice-president of the board. Fundacion hosts fundraising events that celebrate the culture, music and food of Venezuela and use the money raised to provide educational and healthcare support to young people in Latin America, including 9 annual scholarships for Venezuelan children. In her free time, Dhiana likes to travel, take photographs, and play outdoor sports.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean
C.C., C.M.M., C.O.M., C.D.
27th Governor General and Commander in Chief of Canada (2005-2010)
The Honourable Louise Arbour
Counsel, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
The Honourable Warren K. Winkler
O.C., O.Ont, Q.C. L.L.D. (Hon.)
Former Chief Justice of Ontario
The Honourable Roy R. McMurtry
Former Chief Justice of Ontario
COUNCIL OF ADVISORS
Professor Kathy Bickmore
Professor Anthony Doob, C.M., F.R.S.C.
The Honourable Glenn A. Hainey