John Howard Society of Kawartha Lakes & Haliburton

About Us

Mission Statement

“Effective, just, and humane responses to crime and its causes.”

The John Howard Society of Kawartha Lakes & Haliburton is a non-profit, multi service organization with offices located in Lindsay and Minden. The Society offers programs that aim to prevent repeat offences among individuals who have been in conflict with the law, and prevent delinquent behavior among youth who may be at risk of offending. The John Howard Society believes that crime can be reduced and prevented through social and educational programs and the active involvement of an informed community.


John Howard was an 18th century Englishman who was captured by the French while sailing from England to Spain. He subsequently spent five years in French dungeons before returning to England as part of a prisoner exchange. Eventually, he was made the Sheriff of Bedford, a post which included among its duties, the task of inspecting local prisons. Few sheriffs actually bothered to carry out these duties but John Howard was different. Shocked by the corruption, stench, filth, starvation and disease he saw in the jails, he dedicated his life to improving prison conditions throughout England, Wales and continental Europe. His famous report on the state of prisons in England and Wales led to legislation against the more obvious evils of the system, and slowly moved public opinion to favour more humane prison conditions.

There are many organizations around the world which use the name John Howard. Most of them are associated with correctional reform and/or services to help offenders make positive changes in their lives. Although the organizations outside of Canada are not formally aligned, they share a common purpose and philosophy which reflects the life and work of the late John Howard.

In Ontario, the John Howard Society was founded in 1929 by Brigadier General Draper, then the Chief of Police in Toronto. Draper recognized the futility in much of the work being done by police when prisoners who were being released from jail were thrust into circumstances of unemployment, isolation and poverty – circumstances that escalate rather than decrease the chances of re-offending.

Board of Directors

Terry Cox 

Jaclyn Giffen

Mike Cavanagh

Johnathan Alvarez

Eleanor Cavanagh 

Sharlene Reynolds

Our Staff

Please contact us at 705.328.0472


Lois Powers – Executive Director – Ext. 926
Joyce Pett – Director of Finance – Ext. 924
Shannon Speirs – Director of Administration; LEAP and OESP Supervisor– Ext. 931

Youth Services:

Carla Cooper – Youth Services Coordinator – Ext. 918

Brooke Jewell – Youth Facilitator – Ext. 937

Melissa Houston – Towards a Healthy Future Coordinator (Kawartha Lakes)/Youth Facilitator – Ext. 928

Mark Scott- Towards a Healthy Future  Coordinator (Haliburton) /Youth Facilitator – Ext 938

Kelsie Howell – Youth Facilitator – Ext 938
Adult Services:

Robbin Savage – PAR Coordinator/Self-Management Adult Coordinator/Direct Accountability Coordinator/Adult Transitional Housing CoordinatorExt. 932

Susan McClean – Community Service Order Coordinator/Intermittent Community Work Program Coordinator/Institutional Services Coordinator, Institutional Services Coordinator  – Ext. 939

Melissa Vanderloo – Program Assistant, LEAP and OESP Intake – Ext. 929

Kelsie Howell – LEAP and OESP Intake – Ext. 938


Brenda Graham – Literacy Coordinator (Lindsay) Ext. 923
Debbie Hamilton – Literacy Coordinator (Minden) – Ext. 925

Financial Statements:

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Link to CRA/ T3010

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