John Howard Society of York Region

About Us

Mission Statement

We strive for effective, just and humane responses to crime and its causes


We work for the people affected by the justice system. Through evidence-based programs focused on prevention, intervention and re-integration, we build better futures for individuals and safer communities for all. We help youth develop the critical life skills that will let them achieve their full potential and avoid future justice involvement. We support families with counselling and resources to help them navigate the challenges of criminal justice. For those leaving incarceration, we provide housing and training to help them find a job, reintegrate into their community and reduce their risk of re-offense.

Board of Directors

Vivian Sadeh

Dwayne O’Connor

Neda Foroughian 

Mark Pereira

Mike Smith

Kimberly Thomas

Executive Director

Shannon Speirs

Strategic Plan

Strategic 2019-2022 Plan

Impact & Annual Report

Impact Report 2020
Impact Report 2021
Annual Report 2022 – 2023

Financial Reports

2020-2021 Financials
2019-2020 Financials
2018-2019 Financials
2017-2018 Financials
2016-2017 Financials

CRA/ T3010

View our CRA/ T3010 Charitable Organization Designation

Inclusion Charter