John Howard Society of Peterborough

About Us

We work for human justice. By supporting the people whose lives are affected by our criminal justice system, we strive for effective, just and humane responses to crime and its causes.

Our work builds safer communities through evidence-based programs and services delivered across Ontario, from skills training for youth to counseling for affected families and employment assistance for those beginning a new life after incarceration. We promote practical, equitable policies, raising awareness of the root causes of crime and calling on Ontarians to share responsibility for addressing them.

Within our criminal justice system, we work toward the fair treatment of all. As the system evolves to reflect our changing society, we ensure that no one is left behind.

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.

Our Board of Directors

Robert Hotston

Linda Twohey

Christopher Russell
Past Chair

Paul Legacy

Dan Smith

Dr. Lara Hiseler

Karen Bateman

Elise Noriega

Our Staff

Kathy Neill, Executive Director
Tina Staplin, Finance Officer
Diane Gallagher, Reception

Justice Services 
Dana Hetherton, Manager of Justice Services  
Megan Carrick, Intake, Outreach worker and Institutional Services
Caitlin Jacobs, Mediation & Restorative Justice Coordinator 

Abbi Barrie, Programs Facilitator, Youth Worker & Youth Court Support
Emily, Partner Support Worker – Partner Assault Response Program (PAR)


Community and Training
Marion Little, Manager of Community Services & Training  
Jane Garant, Youth Counsellor, The Aspire Program
Suzie Compeau, Counsellor, Healing from Within

Omar Ali, Volunteer Coordinator



Dana Hetherton; Kathy Neill, Don Gibson, Kirk Hillier, Bill Kilpatrick, Graham Petty, Jane Garant, Jude Sternloff, Abbi Barrie

Strategic Plan

Coming Soon

Link to CRA/ T3010


View our CRA/T3010 Charitable Organization Designation