Youth Justice Committees of Ontario - Northwestern Ontario

Site: Dryden

Service: Youth Justice Committee Program

Description & Services
Public Comments Youth Justice Committee Program administered through Firefly Northwest, Dryden
Description (Service) Acts as an alternative justice program in place of the regular court system for youth in trouble with the law 
  • Focus is on repairing the harm done by the crime and requiring the youth to be accountable and accept responsibility/consequences 
  • Coordinates a meeting (Youth Justice Conference) between the victim and their supporters, the offender and their parents/supporters and program facilitators 
  • Allows each party to tell their story of how the crime involved and affected them 
  • Assists all members to form a resolution contract that outlines consequences for the offender such as curfew, compensation, school work and personal and public service, instead of being lawfully charged
NOTE: Offenders who plead innocent must remain in the regular court system
Youth Justice Conference Facilitator 
  • Recruits and trains (training provided by Ministry of the Attorney General) volunteers to serve as facilitators of the conferencing process between youth offender, victim and their collective family members and support persons 
  • Time commitment varies by number of volunteers and number of cases referred to Youth Justice Committee
Hours Mon-Fri 8:30 am-4:30 pm
Areas Served Dryden ; Includes surrounding areas
Eligibility Ages: 12 year(s) - 17 year(s) 
  • First-time, low-risk young offenders 
  • Offences must be non-violent and 
  • Individual must take full responsibility for their actions and 
  • Victim must be willing to take part in the program 
  • Offender is expected to complete the resolution contract terms within 3 months
  • Referrals accepted from Police, the Crown and other agencies authorized by the Attorney General 
  • Pre-charge referral accepted from the investigating police officer  
  • Post-charge referral accepted from the Crown Attorney
Youth Justice Conference Facilitator
Volunteers required to submit Criminal Records Check and to sign an Oath of Confidentiality
Languages English ; French
Fees None
Contact Information
Office Phone 807-223-8550
Toll Free Phone 1-800-465-7203
Fax 807-467-5553
Primary Contact Cindy Engstrom, Youth Justice Committee Coordinator, Dryden Branch
Alternate Contact Debbie Dokuchie, Director of Planning and Development, Dryden Branch; Phone: 807-223-8550 ext 3301; Email:
Located In Community Dryden
Address 75C Van Horne Ave
Dryden, ON P8N 2B2
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Intersection Van Horne Ave and Albert St
Physical Access Fully Accessible
Other Details
Legal Status (50) Non Profit
Funding Provincial - Ministry of the Attorney General (MAG)