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Durham Region

Stephen Young
President

Stephen Young is a retired Elementary Principal, having worked for 30 years in the York Region District School Board. He lives in Cannington, Ontario. He has been involved in the use of Restorative Practices in schools as a Principal for almost 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 and as a community mediator. He is a licensed trainer with the International Institute for Restorative Practices (IIRP)-Canada in Formal Conferences, Circles and Restorative Frameworks. In 2015 he earned his Master’s degree in Restorative Practices from the IIRP Graduate School in Bethlehem Pennsylvania. He presently works for Restorative Resolutions, providing RP training in schools. He also sits on the Board of Directors for Community Justice Alternatives of Durham Region, and the Canadian Restorative Justice Consortium.

Helen Lightstone
Helen Lightstone

Helen Lightstone
Vice-President

Helen Lightstone is the founder of Lightstone Mediation Services (LMS), and is a mediator, trainer, licensed paralegal, and college professor.  Helen is both a Chartered Mediator (C.Med.) and a Qualified Arbitrator (Q. Arb.).  She has mediated two-party and multi-party disputes in various contexts, including breach of contract, community, personal injury, sexual assaults, victim-offender, and workplace.

After earning her Law Society of Upper Canada (now the Law Society of Ontario), paralegal license in 2008, Helen received her certificate in Alternative Dispute Resolution from York University and then earned her Master of Laws (LL.M) in Dispute Resolution from Osgoode Hall Law School in 2017.   

Dubbed “the Mediation Lady” by her students, Helen is also a respected and experienced professor of Alternative Dispute Resolution and has worked with the following colleges: Durham, Centennial, Seneca and Sheridan.  She has taught ADR for the Department of National Defence and to police officers in Belize with Riverdale Mediation.  Helen coaches at Osgoode Hall Law School in their Master of Laws, Dispute Resolution program.

Lightstone Mediation Services is proud to have two accredited courses by the Alternative Dispute Resolution Institute, the introductory Essentials and the advanced, Nuts & Bolts.

Not only does Helen offer mediation through Lightstone Mediation Services, Helen is listed on several rosters as a mediator including Community Justice Alternatives, Morneau Shepell, the Office of the Independent Police Review Director, the Ontario Mandatory Mediation Program, and, and proudly sits on the boards of Community Justice Alternatives as Vice President and the Alternative Dispute Resolution Institute of Ontario.

Laurie Marshall
Treasurer

Laurie Marshall has been a member of Community Justice Alternatives, Durham Region (CJA), from the inception of the Community Mediation Training provided by St. Stephens Community House.  Having been a member of the Board of Directors and having held the offices of Secretary, President and Vice-President of CJA over the years, Laurie is a firm advocate for CJA and its restorative justice and community mediation programs and services.  Committed to life-long learning, Laurie completed her Advanced Mediation Training at Conrad Grebel College at Waterloo University and is commencing the Family Law Mediation certification process.  Laurie is a Licensed Paralegal in good standing with the Law Society of Ontario, and a Professor in the School of Justice and Emergency Services at Durham College.  Being a strong supporter of access to justice Laurie volunteers 1 day each week in the role of Immigration Paralegal at the Durham Community Legal Clinic which encourages and facilitates the flexible innovative provision of high quality legal services to those in need in Durham Region. 

Alysha Sheehan
Secretary

Sue Sutcliffe
Director

Sue Sutcliffe is a Canadian Digital Marketing Coach that has been working with businesses that want to increase sales, make more money, and better monetize the Internet since 1993.  She has served on the Boards of various non-profit organizations and is very well-known and respected throughout the Durham Region and beyond.  She brings an enthusiasm for all things web-based and digital to everything thing she does.  Sue is a professional who provides Web and Socia Media Consultation.