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. 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
Gerry Baragar is a retired member of the RCMP now living in South Surrey. In his role with the RCMP National Youth Strategy, and as the National Restorative Justice Advisor he is considered an expert in youth justice and crime prevention issues. He has been very active promoting peaceful school environments through restorative practices throughout his long career in the RCMP. Since his retirement from the RCMP in 2005 he has worked in BC communities promoting safe schools, homes and neighbourhoods. He is presently working as the Empowering Youth Coordinator.
He is also working as technical advisor to a Juvenile Justice Reform project in Ukraine sponsored by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA)
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.