OCJA 42nd Annual Conference

2022 Annual Conference:
Empowering Hope

Thursday, October 20th: Full day, In-person
Friday, October 21st: Morning, In-person and by Zoom

Registration Fee:

$100 for members; $125 for non-members

Registration deadline for Day 1 (In-person October 20th) is October 13th.

**A separate registration must be completed for each attendee.**
**Please indicate your agency name in the Comment section when registering.**

Payment can be made via cheque or email transfer (not on the website when registering).

Cheques can be made payable to the Ontario Community Justice Association and sent to:

Northumberland CSO Program
975 Elgin Street, Suite 17
Cobourg, ON K9A 5J3

Email transfers can be sent to etransfers@ocja.ca


Thursday, October 20th (8:30-4:00):
Milestone Conference Centre, 610 Monarch Ave, Ajax

Click on Map for directions.

Friday, October 21st (9:00-12:00):
Milestone Conference Centre, 610 Monarch Ave, Ajax
By Zoom: A link will be emailed to registrants the day before the conference


Conference Schedule

Day One: Thursday, October 20th, 2022

In Person: Milestone Conference Centre, 610 Monarch Avenue, Ajax

8:30 am – Doors Open – Breakfast Refreshments
9:00 am – Welcome, Land Acknowledgement & President’s Greeting
9:15 am – Welcome Address by Steve Young: “Social Justice and Restorative Mindsets”
10:00 am – Refreshment/Movement Break
10:15 am – Presentation by Reverend Peikang Dai: “Journeys of Perseverance”
12:00 pm – Lunch and Silent Auction
1:00 pm – Presentation by Spider Jones: “Out of the Darkness”
3:30 pm – Networking/Refreshment/Movement Break
Discussion of Current Trends/Topics
4:00 pm – Closing of Silent Auction and Closing Remarks

Day Two: Friday, October 21st, 2022

Online by Zoom (link will be sent to registrants day before conference)
In-town attendees are welcome at Milestones

9:30 am – Weclome
9:45 am – Presentation by Allison Hector-Alexander: “Resilience and Reinvention”
10:45 am – Closing Remarks
10:50 am – Refreshment/Movement Break
11:00 am – Annual General Meeting


Presenter Information

Stephen Young

Stephen Young is a retired Elementary Principal, having worked for 30 years in the York Region District School Board. He lives in Cannington, Ontario. Steve has been involved in the use of Restorative Practices in schools as a Principal for more than 20 years. He has coordinated and delivered board-wide staff RP training and facilitated formal conferences. He has also worked within the Youth Justice court system, was a member of FaithCare, providing restorative services to faith communities. Steve is a certified trainer with the International Institute for Restorative Practices (IIRP)-Canada in Formal Conferences, Circles, and Restorative Frameworks. In 2015 he earned his Master of Science degree in Restorative Practices from the IIRP Graduate School in Bethlehem Pennsylvania. Steve is presently a certified Community Mediator, and also works for Restorative Resolutions, providing RP training in schools across Canada. He is the President of the Board for Community Justice Alternatives of Durham Region, and sits on the board of the Canadian Restorative Justice Consortium. He recently published The Restorative Principal: Leading in Education with Restorative Practices, a book describing his journey in learning about, and implementing, RP in the schools he served.


Reverend Peikang Dai
In 1960, Rev. Peikang Dai grew up in mainland China during the tumultuous Cultural Revolution.
In the 1970s, he was sent to and grew up with his parents in the labour camp. In 1989, he came to Canada as an exchange scholar at the University of Toronto. After the massacre of peaceful students on Tiananmen Square, he was granted the protection by the Canadian government.
In 1991, he was baptized at Knox Presbyterian Church. He was inspired by Reverend Jonathan Goforth, a Presbyterian missionary in China for 47 years.
In 1992, he started his Biblical training at Ontario Theological Seminary (a.k.a. Tyndale University Seminary) and in in 1995, he received his Master of Divinity in Pastoral Care and started pastoral training at Knox College, University of Toronto.
In 1998, he was ordained as a Minister of Word and Sacraments. In the same year, he returned to labour camp in China with his wife and two children.
In 2001, he returned to Toronto and started the Mainland Chinese Christian Church in downtown Toronto and provide pastoral care to refugees, homeless and people with mental illness.
Reverend Dai has been working with Officer Davida Curtis to supervise the participants of the Community Service Order program.


Spider Jones

An award winning journalist in both the music and boxing fields, Jones is a three time former Golden Glove Champion and was inducted into the Canadian Boxing Hall of fame in 1996. Spider was recently voted “Boxing Commentator and M.C. of the Year” by the Board of Governors for the World Boxing Federation.
Spider is also a highly popular motivational speaker who is much admired for his diligent work among the youth. His inspirational life story “Out of the Darkness” reveals his amazing rise from the impoverished, gang infested, inner-city projects of Detroit and Windsor and how, as a grade five dropout, he eventually returned to school at the age of thirty to become an honour student.
Spider’s favourite thing is talking to his Nighthawks, whether it be about sports, entertainment, or hot issues. Over the past 20 years, Spider has interviewed such notables as Muhammad Ali, Mark Wahlberg, Jesse Jackson, LL Cool J, Ron Howard, Scott Grimes, Doug Gilmour, Cito Gaston, Oscar De La Hoya, Roy Jones, Kris Kristofferson, James Brown, Guy Lafleur, Carlos Delgado, Jim Brown and countless others. Among his other claims to fame was to act as a sparring partner for such boxing legends as George Chuvalo and former World Heavyweight Champion Jimmy Ellis. Spider was also a member of Muhammad Ali’s training camp back in the days when ‘The Greatest’ fought Chuvalo.


Allison Hector-Alexander

Allison Hector-Alexander is an equity and inclusion specialist with over 20 years experience of creating and leading policy, program development, education and training in anti-racism, anti-oppression, allyship and equity.
Allison is the director, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion with the Regional Municipality of Durham where she has oversight for Accessibility, the Local Diversity and Immigration Program and Partnership, the Community Safety and Wellbeing plan and all Equity and Inclusion programs.
Prior to this role, she was the director of the Office of Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion at Durham College where she had oversight for the College’s Diversity & Inclusion services, the Sexual Violence mandate and was also responsible for the First People’s Indigenous Centre and Orientation & Transitions programming for all new students.
In 2018, Allison co-presented at the Black Portraiture Conference at Harvard University on Critical Race Theory, specifically, anti-Black Racism. In 2019, Allison co-chaired the first Social Justice Week at the College and was also the first coordinator of the Women’s Centre and Campus Food Centre on the campuses of Durham College and Ontario Tech University.
She works from a feminist, anti-racist, and anti-oppressive framework. Her work also included designing, developing and facilitating skills development programs for women in transition from violence to independence. She has also worked with a wide range of clients including youth at risk and street involved youth, Ontario Works recipients, and new immigrants.
Allison has been recognized with Champion Award by PFLAG Canada Durham Region for her work in designing inclusive spaces. Through her work in all areas of diversity in community, the Local Diversity & Immigration Partnership Council recognized her with the Diversity Champion award and in 2019, Allison was awarded the Madiba award.
Allison completed her Bachelor of Arts (Hons) degree in Adult Education and Digital Technologies and a Master of Education degree with a focus on anti-oppressive practices, access, and equity in Higher Education.


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