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The North Vancouver Restorative Justice Society was formed in response to the community recognizing the need to approach justice, particularly regarding youth, in a different way than it had in the past. As a result of a town meeting held in
November, 1997, The North Vancouver Restorative Justice Society was incorporated to develop a community-based program for dealing with the impacts of crime in the community which follow the guiding principles of restorative justice. Stella Jo Dean, city councillor (retired), the North Vancouver RCMP and Executive Director (retired), Jacquie Stevulak, were instrumental in laying a solid foundation for the Society. The Society applied to the Ministry of the Attorney General, under its Community Accountability Program, for start-up funding which it received in February, 1998. The Program has been core funded jointly by the City and the District of North Vancouver since 1998 and in 2007 the District of West Vancouver became the
third municipality to fund the work of the Society.

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