John Howard Society of Peterborough

About Us

Mission Statement

In partnership with the community to make Peterborough safer through prevention, education, reform, aftercare and treatment services for persons who are, or who have the potential to be involved in the Criminal Justice System.


Since 1957, the John Howard Society of Peterborough has been providing services to individuals of all genders, youth and adults, who are in conflict or at risk of becoming in conflict with the law, their families, and the victims of crime.
Our goal is to help reduce the incidence of criminal behaviour through prevention, support, counselling, courses and programs and to better understand and cope with the criminal justice system.

The John Howard Society of Peterborough is affiliated with the John Howard Society of Ontario and the John Howard Society of Canada, and is one of 55 local John Howard Organizations across the country.The organization’s roots go back to the 1770’s, when Englishman John Howard, a former prison inmate, made it his life’s work to improve prison conditions and initiate reforms to the criminal justice system in Britain and across Europe.

Board of Directors

Chris Russell

Paul Legacy
Past Chair

Linda Twohey

Catharine Blastorah

Alan Rodgers

Dan Smith

Dr. Lara Heisler

Rob Hotston

Our Staff

Kathy Neill, Executive Director
Elaine Webster, Finances
Diane Gallagher, Reception

Youth Division
Jane Garant, Aspire Program  
Crystal Blakley, Youth Diversion Caseworker, Youth Court Support Worker
Megan Carrick, Adult Outreach & Institutional Services, Youth Diversion Caseworker
Nicole Soanes, Youth Justice Committee
Bethann Brown, Aspire Program Volunteer Coordinator
Graham Petty, Suspension and Explulsion

Adult Division
Dana Hetherton, PAR Coordinator, Anger Management Coordinator
Catherine Hickey, Partner Support Worker and Mediation Support
Marion Little, Community Mediation Coordinator
Don Gibson, PAR Facilitator, Anger Management Facilitator
John Gearin, PAR Facilitator
Kirk Hillier, PAR Facilitator
Bill Kilpatrick, PAR Facilitator

AGM Report

See our 2015 report here! John Howard Society AGM Report 2015 2016

Strategic Plan

Coming Soon

Financial Statements


Link to CRA/ T3010

View our CRA/T3010 Charitable Organization Designation