Born and raised in England, Gurinder completed his Bachelor's degree in Psychology at the University of British Columbia, followed by a Master's degree in Applied Legal Studies at Simon Fraser University. He is a passionate advocate for positive change in the community with ten years of experience in the non-profit sector. His belief in restorative justice brought him to CERA in 2008, where he became a trained facilitator. He also served on the Board of Directors, before becoming CERA's Executive Director in 2010.
Gurinder's proficiency in non-profit is complemented by his knowledge and familiarity of law enforcement. He spent six years in the field of intelligence for the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit of BC (CFSEU-BC), formerly known as the Organized Crime Agency of BC, and instructs at the Justice Institute of BC. As the current Executive Director of CERA, he aims to utilize his skills, knowledge and experience to lead the organization towards continued growth.
Empowering Youth Coordinator
Although Irene's educational background is in criminal law, she always had a passion for the collaborative aspect of mediation and facilitation. This drew Irene to the field of restorative justice over ten years ago. She believes the direct role that parties play in the restorative justice process is truly unique since it allows the victim and the person who committed the harm to come together, share perspectives and collaborate on the resolution of their case. She has worked on a substantial number of cases and has considerable expertise in the area. She also coordinates CERA's Empowering Youth Program, going into schools training peer mediators and educating students on the values of restorative justice.
As well as a Restorative Justice facilitator, Linda is also a Family Mediator and a member of the Civil and Family Rosters of Mediate BC. Before joining CERA in 2014, she worked as a school administrator in youth and adult education. She is committed to the values of restorative practice and believes that communities have a very important role to play in the justice system.
Linda holds a Master's degree from Simon Fraser University, as well as certificates in Conflict Resolution and Family Mediation from the Justice Institute of BC.
Mary Hagen Johnstone
Mary joined CERA staff in early 2000 and has served the society from its first years as Fraser-Burrard Community Justice Society through its transition to CERA in the fall of 2008. Born and raised on the west coast, Mary has called Coquitlam home for the past 25 years. She believes in community participation, considering herself fortunate to be involved with an organization that is aligned with her personal values. Having worked for many years in business, Mary enjoys the unique dynamic of a non-profit sector where she finds receptive opportunities in her role as Administrative Assistant to utilize her creative ideas and exceptional organizing abilities.