From the Catholic Diocese of Quebec, Father Benoît Tessier is currently chaplain in a provincial prison.
He first earned a degree as a wildlife technician and worked in the field of wildlife management before completing a Bachelors degree in theology.
Holder of a certificate for teaching in secondary school, he obtained a teaching permit which allowed him to take up a teaching position in a High school.
After completing a Masters in theology, he was successively a vicar and a parish priest in Lévis, in Charlevoix and with the Huron-Wendat First Nation Community on the Wendake reserve. Sensible to social issues, he has been active in advocating for the rights of the unemployed.
He has been interested in the implementation of restorative justice services in Quebec for five years which led him to be one of the three founding members of the Restorative Justice Center of Quebec.
Henri Tremblay is a certified mediator (IMAQ) working in the areas of mediation, evaluation of group needs, consulting, training, substance abuse and community development. He delivers training on mediation, communication, diversity and conflict resolution.
He facilitates sessions of conflict resolution and post-conflict recovery activities.
Henri was received Senior Associate of the Canadian Institute for Conflict Resolution in 1997.
He is one of the three co-founders of the Restorative Justice Center of Quebec and a member of the committee for implementing restorative justice in Quebec.
Lucie R. Painchaud holds a Masters in philosophy and in Theology.
She wrote a thesis on “The Concept of consciousness in Henri Bergson’s philosophy” and a dissertation entitled “The Ethical and Social Aspects of Restorative Justice and Criminal Mediation”.
She was a philosophy teacher in College and a business language teacher.
She’s been acting on many committees of the Diocese of Quebec.
She was also a public servant for the government of Canada in Ottawa and for the provincial government where she ended up working in a detention center.
She discovered restorative justice during a symposium with the Chaplains of Correctional Services of Canada in 2001. Restorative justice has since become her purpose in life and led her to be co-founder of the RJC-Qc where, in a spirit of truth and reconciliation, she carries the title of director and coordinator.
André Émond, the RJC-Qc treasurer, is a professional engineer, member of the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec. He holds a Master of business administration (M.B.A), a degree achieved at Université Laval and York University.
He was a consultant for a long period of time until he decided to work at Revenue Quebec as a computer programmer.
André has also been working as a volunteer for as long as he can remember: he used to be involved in the ministry of children’s adoption, including refugees.
Then one day, a friend offered to give a hand with our own abandoned children, here in Quebec City, whom we call ex-inmates; he has since been doing in-king services for the Quebec Chaplaincy and for the Restorative Justice Center of Quebec since 2013.
Damien Bouchard is a retired teacher who has recently joined the RJC-Qc team as an administrator.
He has a background in psychology and has worked as an addictions officer. He worked extensively with adolescents(s) with behavior disorders.
He also used to be a member of the Citizens Advisory Committee at the Community Correctional Centre (a half-way house) Marcel-Caron.
Georgette Côté, S.S.I.M. (servants of the immaculate heart of Marie, also known as the sisters of the good pastor of Québec, holds a degree in teaching and in Specialized Education from the University of Montreal.
She was a teacher in elementary and high school, and a teacher in the field of Specialized Education in College. She also was a psycho educator for teenage girls in need of social adaptation, including women.
She’s been acting as a service authority within her religious community since 1992.
She has been a member of the community residential center Expansion-Femmes de Québec board of directors since 2009 (a half-way house for women), of a charity called La Roselière, (counseling and assisting services for women facing unexpected pregnancies) since 2010, and of the Restorative Justice Center of Quebec since the beginning of its creation.
After completing a Bachelors degree in Biology at the University of Montreal, Jean-Claude Bernheim taught biology and chemistry in high school for five years.
He then became coordinator of the Bureau of inmates rights (ODD) from 1976-1990. His involvement at the international level is reflected upon his appointment in 1979 as Secretary for the International Federation of Human Rights (Paris), in charge of prison issues until 1995.
He was appointed part-time professor at the University Of Ottawa Department of Criminology in 1986 and taught at the Faculty of Permanent Education at the University of Montreal from 1989 until 2007.
He’s been teaching criminology and human rights at the University of Saint-Boniface since 2010. He received his Masters in Criminology in 1987 and completed his Ph.D in 1992.
He is the author of fourteen books. He is currently involved in the John Howard Society of Quebec and the John Howard Society of Canada, as well as with the Restorative Justice Centre of Quebec as an administrator.
Born in Natashquan in a family of 15 children, Luc Landry’s motto was: always fought, sometimes beaten, but never shot! In the summer of 1968, his personal encounter with Padre Pio transformed his life.
His motto then became “I can do all this through Him who gives me strength” (Phil. 4:13).
Holder of a University degree in theology and in Science de l’Éducation, of a certificate in animation from the Major Seminary of Voluntas Dei near Edmundston (NB), Luc worked in the field of pastoral at Jésus-Ouvrier from 1969 to 2000. In the meantime, he was regional leader and provincial coordinator for the Church Council on Justice and Criminology (Quebec section) from 1981 to 1988.
Afterwards, Luc has exercised his talent as a community social worker at the grassroots level, as a regional facilitator and as the coordinator of the Community Service Centre Justice and Faith in Quebec City.
Administrator at The RJC-Qc, Luc has always been a strong advocate for restorative justice.