John Howard Society of Sudbury

About Us

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


The John Howard Society has a long and proud history within the District of Sudbury. From the early days of its inception to the present, the Society has advocated reform and crime prevention. Our Society has a very strong sense of identity, self-reliance and resourcefulness.

Our mission is resolute. We want to help to create a truly effective criminal justice system – one that serves us all, that confronts crime and its causes and that fosters safer communities.

We STOP Crime Now ! TM through the multitude of programs and services that we offer to the community.  You can help us to STOP Crime Now ! TM through your donation to the John Howard Society of Sudbury.  All funds raised are used to deliver our programs and services in the Sudbury and North Bay communities.   STOP Crime Now ! TM is a registered trademark of the John Howard Society of Sudbury.

The roots of the Society can be traced back as early as 1937, when a young lawyer by the name of Harry Waisberg opened his practice in Sudbury.  Waisberg’s dreams were finally realized in December of 1960 with the inception of the Sudbury affiliate.

The issues facing the Society have changed very little throughout the course of its history. The problems and debates surrounding violence in society, crime,  funding for these important projects and the availability of proper programs are, even today, still at the forefront of the Society’s concerns. Without the ongoing assistance of the countless volunteers, members of the community, and the dedicated staff and directors of the Society , we would not be able to continue in our mandate.

Special Recognitions

The John Howard Society of Sudbury over the years has given special recognition to individuals who have contributed to the Society in immeasurable ways.  They are:

Mr. Barry McDonald

Barry McDonald volunteered with the John Howard Society in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s.  His work and commitment brought many programs to the organization, some of which continue to the present day.  Barry died in 1983 in a tragic car accident and because of his work at the Society the volunteer of the year award was renamed in his honour to the Barry McDonald Memorial Volunteer of the Year Award.

Mr. Bill Passi

Introduced as Executive Director in 1980, Bill Passi dedicated himself to the mission and mandate of the John Howard Society and with his astute business acumen led the Society for six years. Bill died suddenly in 1986, just days before the mortgage was completely paid on the building where we presently have our offices and programs. In heartfelt recognition of Bill, the John Howard Society of Sudbury recognizes our building as ‘Passi House’.

Board of Directors

The John Howard Society of Sudbury uses a governance model for the Board of Directors. The board members are dedicated volunteers whose role is to give vision to the ongoing service of the John Howard Society.

Our Staff

Our staff comprise dedicated individuals from many different professional backgrounds including social work, social services and child and youth workers.

Privacy Policy

Our organization is committed to protecting the privacy of the personal information of its employees, members, and clients. We value the trust of those we deal with, and of the public, and recognize that maintaining this trust requires that we be transparent and accountable in how we treat the information that you choose to share with us. Anyone from whom we collect information should expect that it will be carefully protected and that any use of this information is subject to consent. Our privacy practices are designed to achieve this.

Personal Information. Personal information is defined by the legislation as any information that can be used to distinguish, identify or contact a specific individual.

Privacy Practices.  Personal information gathered by our organization is kept in confidence. Organizations are authorized to access personal information based only on their need to deal with the information for the reason(s) for which it was obtained. Safeguards are in place to ensure information is not disclosed or shared more widely that is necessary to achieve the purpose for which it was gathered. We also take measures to ensure that the integrity of this information is maintained and to prevent its being lost or unintentionally destroyed.

Contact Information

Persons who want to know more about our privacy policies and practices have access to their own personal information, or raise a concern about our collection, use or disclosure are encouraged to contact our Privacy Officer: Privacy Officer John Howard Society of Sudbury 204 Pine Street Sudbury, Ontario P3C 1X5 t: (705) 673-9576 f: (705) 673-1543 e: Further information on privacy and your rights in regard to your personal information can be found on the website of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada at

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Strategic Plan

JHS Sudbury Strategic Plan 2021-2025

Financial Statements

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Link to CRA/T3010

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