Through effective and adaptive service delivery, we assist vulnerable people to become empowered in their own lives as they work to meet their self-determined needs and goals.
Using a person-centered approach, we provide practical support to people with complex needs facing multiple barriers, including those who may be involved in the criminal justice system, have developmental disabilities, or experiencing poverty, homelessness, mental health challenges, or problematic substance use. Through our over 90 years of service delivery, we have demonstrated expertise and leadership in the social and criminal justice sector.
JHS Pacific has a long history and deep roots serving vulnerable people in BC, and in 2020 were honoured to expand our services to support people and communities in the Yukon. Through our continuum of programs, we provide support with employment services, job training, homelessness prevention, transitional and supportive housing, addictions and mental health, the Canadian criminal justice system, life-skills, outreach, and community-based services with the goal of creating a safe, healthy, and inclusive community for all.
We are a registered non-profit charitable organization, which operates independently with no legal affiliation to other John Howard Societies. Although we operate independently, we work in close collaboration with a wide variety of stakeholders, including other regional John Howard Societies, with the goal of enhancing the quality and range of services that we collectively provide to people across BC and the Yukon. Our independent structure, coupled with our commitment to working together allows us to be agile and responsive to the evolving needs of the people and communities we serve.
A safe, healthy, and inclusive community for all.
We strengthen communities by supporting people experiencing barriers so they can achieve greater independence.
Board of Directors
Pat first came in contact with the JHS when his construction company was hired to do several JHS building renovations. Having learned more about us throughout the process, Pat joined our Board in 2010. In 2018, Pat also joined the JHSBC Board of Directors. As a construction business owner and a background supporting people with addictions, Pat brings considerable experience and expertise to the JHS team.
Tim spent 37 years working in provincial corrections, from Probation Officer to Director of Corrections and Family Services. Recognizing the critical role nonprofits play in advocating for members of our community with complex needs and those impacted by the criminal justice system, Tim joined our Board in 2008 and has been instrumental to our organization ever since.
Jayce Allen joined our Board of Directors in 2006. Jayce brings a wealth of experience in the legal and criminal justice system to our Board. Jayce has held a number of executive positions on the Board of Directors, and is currently our Vice Chair.
Liam joined our Board in October 2019, and brings a wealth of nonprofit and Board experience, with specializations in fundraising, community outreach, management and development. Liam has been involved in the development and growth of communities - both locally and abroad - since he was 12 years old.
Dan joined our Board in January, 2013. As a Chartered Accountant, Dan brings 40 years of experience in financial management, strategic planning, and accounting to his role on the Board. Having spent 11 years as a practicing residential realtor, Dan also provides hands-on insight on housing market challenges unique to the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley region.
Pamela is a dedicated criminal defence lawyer and has been a John Howard Board member at the regional, provincial, and national level for over 20 years. Pamela has been a member of our Board since 1996, and is the Past President of the JHSBC Board. In addition, Pamela is the BC representative to the JHS Canada Board, where she holds the office of Vice President.
Get to Know Us
Who was John Howard?
One question that we often get asked about our organization is where we got our name from. Who was John Howard and why are over 60 organizations in Canada named after him? Put simply, John Howard was an 18th century prison reformer that dedicated his life to advocating for the rights of prisoners and other marginalized individuals.
To learn more about our namesake, read our Who was John Howard? blog post, linked here.
Our CARF accreditation demonstrates our dedication and commitment to continuously improving the quality of our services for the people that we serve.
We receive funding and grants from community members, government, and private sector partners in addition to other sources. For more details on the funding that we receive, please refer to our financial statement or contact us.