Who We Are

OUR PEOPLE

Eva E. Marszewski, O. Ont., L.S.M.

Founder and Chief Executive Officer

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emarszewski@peacebuilders.ca

EVA'S BIO
Eva is passionate about restorative justice and creating more just and peaceful communities that support youth to succeed. She started running restorative justice programs for youth in Toronto in 2002. She is a former Adjunct Professor at Osgoode Hall Law School, where she taught “Law and Social Change: Restorative Justice”. Eva was one of the founders of the SPIDR youth initiative and YouCAN!. She is a member of the Board of Directors of SPIDR (now ACR), and a member of the Executive of the Ontario Bar Association, ADR Section.

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.

Jody Dunn

Restorative Justice Programs Manager

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jdunn@peacebuilders.ca

JODY'S BIO
Jody Dunn is a social service professional with a wealth of experience in team management and front-line service delivery.  She has held many positions in early childhood, youth justice and educational environments, and has specialized training in culturally reflective services, social justice, and client-led interventions. Her professional knowledge of child and youth development combined with her life experiences help her to personally relate to some of the challenges and barriers that youth experience on a daily basis.

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.

Youth Mentorship Coordinator

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pchuck@peacebuilders.ca

PHILIP'S BIO
I have chosen to walk down the road of restorative youth justice not because I am a “GOOD MAN” that wants to participate in idea of change. Rather, I stepped onto this road of beliefs and hopes for youth as a “FLAWED MAN” who recognizes his own accountability in the hurdles that he now has to leap, as well as the contributions that he has made to the cycle of violence that persists and torments our communities.

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.

Tiffany Taylor

Youth Diversion Coordinator

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ttaylor@peacebuilders.ca

TIFFANY'S BIO
Tiffany is a passionate advocate for social justice and advancing young people’s rights. She believes that young people are the key to positive social change and they can be supported to navigate complex social systems, make positive choices and recognize their own capacities and potential.

Tiffany has a BA (hons.) in law and society as well as human rights and equity studies from York University, along with a graduate certificate in youth justice and interventions from Durham College. She has a wide range of professional and volunteer experience  as a child and youth worker, including previous positions with Children and Family Support Services, Associated Youth Services of Peel, and the Youth at Risk Development Program with John Howard Society of Hamilton.

Tiffany’s passion for youth justice has been informed by her personal and professional experience as well as her education. As a law and human rights major, Tiffany studied the social barriers that vulnerable populations face and became interested in using restorative practices to provide young people with an opportunity to have their voices heard and inform the decisions that affect their lives.

Jerome Mattison

Youth Diversion Coordinator

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jmattison@peacebuilders.ca

JEROME'S BIO
Jerome is passionate about helping people—especially youth—overcome oppression and marginalization and work towards more positive futures. He completed the community worker program at George Brown College in 2015 and is currently working towards a degree in social work at Ryerson University. Jerome has various professional and volunteer experience in the community and youth sectors, including previous positions with the Kiwanis Boys and Girls Club, Tropicana, Ryerson University, Homelessness Connect, and the MLSE LaunchPad.

Growing up in Regent Park, Jerome witnessed firsthand how economic and social barriers can contribute to young people’s marginalization. He knows that young people can overcome these barriers and reach their full potential given the right opportunities and support.

Erica Lalonde

Restorative Schools Manager

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elalonde@peacebuilders.ca

ERICA'S BIO
Erica has worked with youth for 14+ years in a variety of settings, including treatment centres, community organizations, and youth shelters, and has been involved with schools directly for the past 10 years. A firm believer that youth are youth-experts, she strives to increase confidence and capacity in the young people she serves in order to support them in finding a platform to share their voice.

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.

Ali Belisle

Restorative Schools Coordinator (Eastdale Collegiate Institute)

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abelisle@peacebuilders.ca

ALI'S BIO
Ali is committed to helping youth and their families navigate the educational system. With a focus on capacity-building and social change, Ali hopes to provide youth with a space where they can gain the knowledge and tools needed for self-reflection and empowerment to make positive changes in their lives and communities.

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.

Rachelle Bloomfield

Restorative Schools Coordinator (Central Technical School)

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rbloomfield@peacebuilders.ca

RACHELLE'S BIO
Rachelle has seen the negative impacts of the youth justice system on  racialized, Aboriginal, and marginalized youth in both her personal and professional life and believes that restorative justice can help undo the negative impacts of the criminal justice system for young people and their communities. Rachelle has over six years experience working with youth in counselling and residential treatment, case management and outreach support.

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.

Laura Sardella

Youth Justice and Advocacy Lawyer

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lsardella@peacebuilders.ca

LAURA'S BIO
It is Laura’s passion for social justice that led her to her role at Peacebuilders, a passion that grew from her volunteer work with stateless persons in the Dominican Republic. Through this work, Laura gained an appreciation for the importance of a responsive, equitable and accessible justice system.  She later pursued her graduate research in this area, focusing on a justice system’s role in protecting and advancing international human rights and human development, and obtained her Master of Arts degree in Political Science from York University in 2009.

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.

Leah Horzempa

Public Interest Articling Fellow

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lhorzempa@peacebuilders.ca

LEAH'S BIO
Leah is a recent graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School. In her first year, she volunteered at Osgoode’s Community Legal Aid Services Program. In the summer and fall of second year, Leah was a legal caseworker at Parkdale Community Legal Services in the Housing Department, where she regularly litigated and negotiated on behalf of low income tenants at the Landlord and Tenant Board. In third year, Leah was a student of Feminist Advocacy while she volunteered at the Barbara Schlifer Commemorative Clinic, which specializes in the legal issues associated with violence against women. As a Métis woman, Leah is thrilled to be articling with Peacebuilders, an organization that provides restorative justice processes for young offenders in Toronto. Leah has aspirations of one day using the legal advocacy and restorative justice skills learned in articling to give back to the Georgian Bay Métis community where she comes from. Beyond being a passionate advocate for change associated with poverty as well as women’s issues, Indigenous and mental health issues, Leah is vocalist in a performance jazz trio.

Sara Fruchtman

Manager, Public Policy, Research and Communications

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sfruchtman@peacebuilders.ca

SARA'S BIO
Sara has led and supported numerous community-based research projects in the justice and cultural sectors. She has held positions at PEERS Victoria Resource Society, the Vancouver Island Human Rights Coalition, Open Space Arts Society, and the Art Gallery of Ontario. In her role at Peacebuilders, Sara co-leads the Advocacy and Public Legal Education program. She supports the front-line staff, legal team, and our community partners to develop research, make policy recommendations, and advocate for reforms in youth justice and education. She also draws on her fine arts background to make important aesthetic decisions about what colours and fonts should be used in Peacebuilders’ brochures.

Carl Chu

Director of Financial and Fundraising Management

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cchu@peacebuilders.ca

CARL'S BIO
Carl has always been passionate about helping others and pursued a career in the not-for-profit sector to be able to do this work full-time.

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.

Asad Siddiqui

Office and Events Administrator

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asiddiqui@peacebuilders.ca

ASAD'S BIO
Asad joined Peacebuilders to pursue his growing interest in justice and the non-profit sector. He holds a B.Comm from Ryerson University, with a background in hospitality management and digital marketing. When Asad is not busy keeping the Peacebuilders office in step, or planning for the annual fundraising gala, he’s making plans to combine his two greatest passions: travelling and sports. Think flying to Madrid to watch a Champions League Final.

Dhiana Alfonzo

Bookkeeper

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dalfonzo@peacebuilders.ca

DHIANA'S BIO
Dhiana is committed to Peacebuilders mission and has been on the team since its founding.

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

Kristina Arena
Jill Blakey
Maureen Callahan
Michael Ceccarelli
Adam Delva
Paul Dempsey
Carol Denman
Jordan Eizenga
Andrew Freedman
Geoffrey Goad
Dorion Kingsmill
Melanie Langill
Trish Nixon

HONOURARY PATRONS

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
C.C, G.O.Q.
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
O.C., O.Ont
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
Barbara Murray
Paul Stoyan
Barry Stuart
Ryan Teschner