Open House for Frontline Service Providers
A meet-and-greet with VFCYJC committee members — Tuesday, June 13, drop-in between 3 to 6 PM at the City of Victoria Municipal Hall, 1 Centennial Square. Join us to say hello, update us on your work and learn how we might assist in your outreach and advocacy efforts. Please RSVP by May 19 to our Marnie Essery by email or phone 250-474-5939.
VFCYJC regular meetings 2023
Thursdays, January 26, February 23, April 27, May 25, June 22, Sept. 28, Oct. 26 and Nov. 23, all from 11:30 to 1:30 PM ~ Capital Regional District Board Room, 625 Fisgard St. with Zoom option. Meetings may also be held in member municipalities.
New to the website …
– MYST funding update – April 2023 Good one-year news re: Greater Victoria’s Mobile Youth Services Team + our 2022 advocacy + the Crime Reduction and Exploitation Diversion (CRED) program + support from the CRD Board and municipal councils
– Strategic Plan 2023-2026 (approved April 27)
– We’re now a delegated commission of the Capital Regional District
– A list of our 2023 membership appointees
– Orientation presentation by Chair Marie-Terese Little at the Feb. 23, 2023 meeting
– For more information about the Victoria Family Court and Youth Justice Committee please contact:
Chair: Marie-Terese Little, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Vice Chair: Adam Flint, email email@example.com
Secretary: Marnie Essery, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Call For Submissions: VFCYJC Grants
2023 Call for Submissions + Application Form (word or .RTF) [please note that we now accept applications in any amount year-round for consideration at our regular meetings. Applications received after the third week of June must wait for consideration until we meet again in September.]
The Victoria Family Court & Youth Justice Committee provides modest funding for community projects educating and assisting youth and families who are at risk or may come into contact with the criminal or family legal systems. Projects should focus on prevention, education and/or diversion.
Email submissions and/or send questions to the VFCYJC or the CRD’s Steven Carey.
If an organization, the Executive Director or Chief Executive Officer (or designated signatory) must sign all submissions.
Grants over the years have been awarded to Greater Victoria organizations for events, workshops, scholarships, and special projects and programs. These include:
- Reimagining Masculinities conference
- Sidney Youth Clinic
- Cornerstone Youth Society
- Victoria Sexual Assault Centre
- Metchosin Foundation
- Capital Region Action Team
- Mary’s Farm Society
- West Shore Policing Advisory Committee
- Communica Dialogue and Resolution Services
- Boys and Girls Club of Victoria
- Healthy Minds Canada
- Pacific Centre Family Resource Association’s Crime Reduction & Exploitation Diversion program
Young people and families in the Capital region who become entangled with the justice system for any number of potential reasons are often faced with a daunting journey into the unknown.
Established in 1966, under the BC Provincial Court Act and expanded under the Federal Youth Criminal Justice Act to also be the Youth Justice Committee in 1987, the Victoria Family Court & Youth Justice Committee is dedicated to educating the public about the juvenile justice system, reviewing family and youth legislation, advocating to legislative bodies, and monitoring court hearings and custody facilities.
The committee directly connects regional and municipal decision-makers with frontline service providers. Its voting members are a mix of school district trustees, local government elected representatives and appointees of the Capital Regional District, which collects and provides annual funding.
Our subcommittees include Court Watch, Restorative Justice, Youth Mental Health, Family Matters, Youth Matters, Communications, Priorities and the Capital Region Action Team (CRAT).
As a result of its broad legislated mandate, the VFCYJC engages with many sectors of our community: children, parents, caregivers, teachers, youth-serving agencies, social workers, lawyers, judges, police, probation officers and restorative justice and victim services workers, among others.
In February, 2022, following a comprehensive two-year review involving committee members and CRD staff, the VFCYJC became a delegated commission of the Capital Regional District with the adoption of CRD Bylaw No. 4553.
Our committee members are asked to:
- Be aware of the circumstances for youth in the justice, protection, divorce and custody systems.
- Review and comment on legislation.
- Facilitate collaboration between community service providers and governance bodies in the interest of better supporting youth and families.
- Be involved in maintaining the connections between youth and family serving agencies for each community.
- Advocate for policies and initiatives that improve outcomes for families and youth who may come in contact with the justice system.
- Increase awareness of the issues facing families and youth involved in the family or youth justice systems.
- Pursue and promote meaningful reconciliation with the Indigenous community.
- Support equity of access to resources across the region.
- A message from Committee Chair Marie-Terese Little
- Read our VFCYJC Strategic Plan Renewed – 2023-26
- Browse Annual Reports
- About VFCYJC including membership information and notable achievements
- Visit the Resources page for our own sub-committee and third-party reports about family and youth justice issues
- Click here for our fourth-Thursday, eight-months-per-year schedule. The public is welcome to attend the education/resource agency portion of our meetings with advance email notice to the secretary