The John Howard Society of Ontario has grown to include 19 local offices and over 700 staff and 750 volunteers. In 1967, the John Howard Society of Ontario obtained its registered charitable status. Together with the other provincial and territorial offices, the John Howard Society of Ontario is a member of the John Howard Society of Canada.
JHSO is accredited under Imagine Canada’s Standards Program for excellence in fundraising, financial accountability and transparency, governance, management and volunteer involvement.
The John Howard Society of Ontario performs two complementary functions. The Centre of Research, Policy & Program Development provides cutting-edge non-partisan research, evidence-based programming, policy development, and informative education material.
In addition, we provide administrative support to all of our local offices across Ontario.
The Centre of Research, Policy & Program Development
JHSO Board of Directors
The Board of Directors of the John Howard Society of Ontario consists of 27 community member volunteers from across Ontario. Of this group 8 are “directors at large” and the remaining 19 are nominated by and from each local office of the Society. This system allows for representation from all the communities in which we are located and ensures that their unique needs are addressed. Our Board follows the Carver model of governance and meets four times per year with meetings of our various committees interspersed throughout the year.
Barnes Sammon LLP
Local Office Representative – Sarnia Lambton
Land Registrar (Retired)
Life Line In Reach
Local Office Representative – Toronto
Lawyer, Blaney McMurtry LLP
Local Office Rep – Peel-Halton-Dufferin
U of W Campus Police (retired)
High School Principal
Local Office Representative – Ottawa
Federal Department of Justice (Retired)
Local Office Representative – Kawartha Lakes and Haliburton
Local Office Representative – Niagara Region
School Principal (Retired)
Local Office Representative – Simcoe & Muskoka
Local Office Representative – Durham Region
Affiliate Representative – Peterborough
Professor, Fleming College
Local Office Representative – London
Michael V. Sabo
Affiliate Representative – Sudbury
Local Office Representative – Hamilton
Partner at the ABY Group: Public Affairs; Marketing; Communications Training
Jean LeDrew Metcalfe
Local Office Representative – Waterloo
Local Office Rep – Sault Ste. Marie
Local Office Rep – York Region
Mary Jane Kingston
Local Office Rep – Kingston
Local Office Rep – Thunder Bay