“The fundamental premise of restorative practices is that people are happier, more cooperative and productive, and more likely to make positive changes when those in positions of authority do things with them, rather than to them or for them.” — International Institute for Restorative Practices (IIRP)
Kevin Cutler is a retired educator with over 30 years of experience in that field. Kevin has held the position of teacher, school level administrator, board level administrator and superintendent of education mainly with the Trillium Lakelands District School Board in Ontario. Kevin has done considerable work in the areas of special education, safe schools, and equity. His work on bullying prevention and intervention has had impact at the school, board and provincial levels.
Kevin is presently a trainer/facilitator for The International Institute for Restorative Practices Canada and facilitates workplace restoration conferences for organizations and companies. As a trainer he has presented many sessions on the Restorative Practices Framework and using RP in schools, organizations and groups in order to enhance culture, improve communication, develop trust and allow people to move forward in a positive direction so that they work to do things “with” each other rather than “to” each other.
Alexia Dyer M.A. is an educator, consultant and mediator who supports universities, governmental agencies, and the public sector with workplace restoration. She has fifteen years experience working in the violence prevention field with survivors of trauma, and this informs her approach to conflict and restorative justice. She has developed a social justice model of mediation that acknowledges systems of oppression, and strives to create healthier relationships and stronger communities by creating safer places for people to engage in difficult dialogues.
Alexia has a graduate degree in Sociology and Equity Studies in Education (OISE/UT), and holds certificates in Dispute Resolution (Atkinson College/York University), and Restorative Justice (Simon Fraser University).
I felt the circle was very beneficial - it allowed everyone the chance to speak. [It was helpful] when the words were finally spoken about what took place in this office! Up until then, no one was allowed to speak about what really happened. This exacerbated the distrust among staff who were not involved in the harassment allegations and especially for those who did not believe or were in denial about what really happened in this workplace. I felt elated when it was finally out in the open!
Lex was very helpful and supportive. She had good insight into the emotional experiences that people were feeling and was able to let us speak in an open supported way. It was most helpful to be able to speak about my own experiences and perceptions. It was cathartic to finally be able to speak about the issues in an open format.