Prisons, Justice & Love: Nov. 3 Author Event – Media Release

Posted on: October 19th, 2016 By: Waterloo Region Crime Prevention Council

Waterloo Region – The Friends of Crime Prevention network is hosting an evening with Diane Schoemperlen, author of This Is Not My Life on Thursday, November 3, 2016. This book recounts the story of her long-term relationship with a prison inmate and covers tough issues related to root causes of crime, such as family violence, sexual violence and problematic substance use.

This is not my Life is the first book selection in the Turn the Page Book Club – a community reading project initiated by Friends of Crime Prevention – to get people thinking and talking about justice, stigma and creating safe communities.

Join us for an evening with the author Diane Schoemperlen:

Thursday, November 3, 2016

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm    

Fresh Ground Café, 256 King St. East, Kitchener

Mike Farwell will facilitate a panel discussion about justice, institutionalization and preventing emotional abuse.


About Friends of Crime Prevention

Friends of Crime Prevention is a growing network of community members dedicated to advancing the work of crime prevention through social development.


About the Waterloo Region Crime Prevention Council

The Waterloo Region Crime Prevention Council advances ideas and actions that alleviate root causes of crime and improve social well-being. As a community collaborative it engages and connects citizens, decision makers, and service providers in order to reduce crime, victimization and fear of crime.


For more information, please contact:

 Sarah Anderson, Community Engagement Coordinator

Tel:   519-575-4400 Ext. 3548


10th Annual Say Hi Day

Posted on: September 19th, 2016 By: Waterloo Region Crime Prevention Council

Ciao, Namaste, Salaam, Bonjour, Hi!
Waterloo Region schools celebrate 10th Annual Say Hi Day

Waterloo Region – “Say Hi Day” returns to elementary and secondary schools across Waterloo Region this Thursday, September 22, 2016. The message is simple: by saying Hi students get to know each other while promoting a greater sense of belonging and community within their school. A connected school is a safer school.

This year marks the 10th consecutive year the Waterloo Region Crime Prevention Council (WRCPC) has partnered with the Waterloo Region District School Board and the Waterloo Catholic District School Board to bring the Say Hi campaign to over 100,000 students across the region each year.

“With this being our 10th Annual Say Hi day, we realize we have lead nearly a generation of kids through elementary and secondary school with this message – that saying hi is something everyone can do, and that by saying hi, students promote understanding, belonging and inclusion, and ultimately create a safer community” said Christiane Sadeler, Executive Director.

In celebration of Say Hi Day, schools have planned a variety of activities to bring students together and create a stronger sense of community within their schools. Say Hi Day activities may include connecting with neighbouring schools, learning to say hi in different languages, having special guests or greeters at the doors, creating murals with student handprints, school wide picnics, community outreach, or wearing the Say Hi colours of black and yellow. This year the campaign will outfit nearly 500 school bus drivers from Student Transportation Services of Waterloo Region with Say Hi buttons to help students make the connection between the home and school community.

The WRCPC launched a community wide Say Hi campaign in 2004 and modified the creative in 2007 in an effort to translate the message to a school context while addressing themes of inclusion and diversity within a school community.

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For more information:
Tracy Jasmins,
Marketing & Communications
Waterloo Region Crime Prevention Council
Cel: 519-504-1605

Join us for June Porch Chats

Posted on: June 1st, 2016 By: Waterloo Region Crime Prevention Council

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Community Conversations With Local People Who Are Creating Change

Waterloo Region – The Friends of Crime Prevention network is hosting a Porch Chat series –   community conversations facilitated by community partners – on the porch of the Governor’s House (73 Queen St. N.) on Thursday evenings in June from 6:30 – 8:00 pm.  Meet on the porch for refreshments and move to the garden for conversation (or indoors in the event of rain).


June 9 – Learning Circles from a First Nations Perspective: Truth & Reconciliation

With Tammy Webster and friends


June 16 – Naming the Issue:  Race, Religion & Creating Welcoming Spaces

With Sarah Shafiq, Fanis Juma-Radstake and friends


June 23 – What’s Your Role?  Sexual Violence & Consent

With Joan Tuchlinsky, Eleanor McGrath & friends


“We invite the public to join us for these unique Porch Chats,” said Christiane Sadeler, Executive Director, WRCPC, “Together with our community partners, we will delve deep into challenging questions about topics related to crime prevention, including the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, hate crimes, and sexual violence.”

Click here to download poster.

Learn more at  or call 519-575-4400 Ext. 3548.


About the Waterloo Region Crime Prevention Council

The Waterloo Region Crime Prevention Council is a community collaborative that works for social justice and positive change by addressing the root causes of crime. It is an advisory committee to the Region of Waterloo, and consists of 40 members representing the community-at–large, social services, education, health, planning, justice, police, and community agencies among others.

Welcome new WRCPC staff: David Siladi

Posted on: May 16th, 2016 By: Waterloo Region Crime Prevention Council

Introducing David Siladi, Knowledge Exchange and Research Coordinator

David SiladiDavid Siladi is returning to the Region of Waterloo in a part-time role with the Waterloo Region Crime Prevention Council as Knowledge Exchange and Research Coordinator.

From 2008 to 2013, David worked as a public health planner with the Healthy Living, Planning and Promotion as well as Infectious Diseases, Dental and Sexual Health divisions. While there, he collaborated with Crime Prevention Council on developing the Waterloo Region Integrated Drugs Strategy.

Over the past few years, David has been focusing on doing judo together with his mom. They run a judo club in Waterloo and have won multiple medals at national championships while also competing for Canada at the world judo kata championships.

David began with the Crime Prevention Council on May 9th. He will be supporting partnerships involving academic and community researchers working to identify and promote effective approaches to crime prevention. He will also be involved in collecting and disseminating research findings and other knowledge regarding crime prevention.

David can be reached at  or 519-575-4400 ext 3650.

Welcome David!


Welcome new WRCPC staff: Sarah Anderson

Posted on: April 11th, 2016 By: Waterloo Region Crime Prevention Council

Introducing … Sarah Anderson, Community Engagement Coordinator

Sarah has workesarah-webd for many years at The Working Centre, responding to the needs of immigrants, youth, and older workers. Her love for stories has led her to help organize local Jane’s Walks, and write a thesis on immigrants’ water memories. She is curious about community art practices and has explored these in her own neighbourhood by hosting an annual lantern walk with neighbours.

Sarah joined the Crime Prevention Council as Community Engagement Coordinator in April and remains with us through October 2016, while Juanita is on a pre-paid leave. Sarah will grow our Friends of Crime Prevention program and develop some exciting Friends events during her time in this role.

Sarah can be reached at or 519-575-4400 ext. 3548

Welcome Sarah!


Community Courts: Reducing Crime the Community Way

Posted on: March 24th, 2011 By: Smart on Crime

Just think about it… a research centre whose sole purpose is to think creatively about how the courts and justice system can better serve citizens. That’s what you’ll find in the U.S.-based Center for Court Innovation that grew out of one Manhattan community court experiment in 1993.  In 18 years, the evidence for community courts has shown that engaging the community in the court system, where they live, and providing practical, proactive approaches to solving individual and community issues leads to longer and more lasting change.

The Center for Court Innovation maintains a practice of “innovation based on evidence”. And others within the U.S. justice system, at the very top levels, agree. Mary Lou Leary of the U.S. Department of Justice sees the effectiveness of community courts in 5 basic principles; they:

  • reduce crime by addressing root causes
  • streamline the justice system by providing access directly within the community
  • change sentencing practices of the courts by providing the system with more options than just fines and punishment
  • solve individual problems with unique solutions
  • increase public trust in the justice system

Watch this 10 minute video which highlights examples from across the U.S. My favourite part is at minute 7:15 where the Dallas Police Chief, David Brown, states, “community court is not soft on crime. It’s being smartest on crime; there’s smart, smarter and smartest. The smartest law enforcement agencies attend to the social service needs of the people who live there”.

Justice, community and civic leaders involved in community courts seem to be driven by the passion for change for people and the creative solutions to help them get there. That seems smart on crime to me: evidence-based, collaborative, cooperative, flexible and responsive and with a social change orientation.

There are currently 37 community courts in the United States, one in Vancouver, British Columbia, one in Liverpool, England and one in Melbourne Australia.