The 2018 National Ron Wiebe Restorative Justice Award Recipient

Barbara Tomporowski

Barbara Tomporowski

Barbara Tomporowski is committed to bettering Canadian society, whether it be through volunteering, her work in the advancement of restorative justice (RJ) values, or her efforts towards criminal justice reform. RJ is a large part of Barbara’s life, and she continuously strives to increase awareness and improve best practises across Canada.

Barbara has been involved in the field of RJ for over twenty years, and in many different roles. As a part of her volunteer work, she became a founding member of the Steering Committee for the Canadian RJ Consortium (CRJC), and has worked to develop policies and bylaws for South Saskatchewan Circles of Support and Accountability.

Professionally, she is a sessional lecturer with the Department of Justice Studies at the University of Regina, and works as a Senior Policy Analyst for the Government of Saskatchewan. Among her many responsibilities, she is co-Chairperson of the Federal-Provincial-Territorial (FPT) Working Group on RJ, where her dedication, enthusiasm, and perseverance have ensured its survival amidst different government mandates, policy changes, and challenges throughout the years.

Barbara is as an ambassador for RJ. She speaks often of the good work done by community-based agencies, Indigenous organizations, RJ workers, and other organizations across Canada. She has been a keynote speaker on numerous occasions, both nationally and internationally. Another accomplishment to note is that Barbara has actively participated in the United Nations Experts meeting on RJ, and continues to share her knowledge with groups not directly linked to RJ, including organizations addressing violence against Indigenous women and girls.

This is by no means an exhaustive description of Barbara’s contribution to RJ. Her work extends into furthering RJ policy, helping to develop values, principles, and guidelines for RJ as they relate to criminal matters in Canada, and many other important projects that aim to improve Canadian society.