RALPH MARTIN (President) is the founder of the Organic Agriculture
Centre of Canada and is a retired Professor and former Loblaw Chair in Sustainable Food Production at University of Guelph. He has also been trained in peacemaking circles by Kay Pranis.
JOY D. CALLAHAN (Corporate Secretary/Treasurer) Lives in Lunenburg County, Nova Scotia and is an office administrator and a passionate volunteer. For two consecutive years 2015, 2016, she was the winner of Sport Nova Scotia Ricoh Awards for Volunteer of the Year - Soccer. While her son played elite Soccer with the provincial team and at high school Division 1, she managed 10 provincial teams for Soccer Nova Scotia. She now turns her interest to access for justice in the family courts.
MICHAEL BEALS (Vice-President) is a poet and a student at Dalhousie University, majoring in journalism and psychology. He is also a second class certified stationary engineer and sings in the choir of his church. He is passionate about restorative justice, and upholding the common humanity that unites us. He sits on the Centre's Access to Prison Justice Committee.
ROB ELFORD (Board Member) is a retired senior naval officer and has seen humanity at is worst and best in several parts of the globe embroiled in cultural and historic cycles of injustices and conflict. From Our Lady of Guadalupe parish in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, he is committed to supporting the healthy, pro-social integration of the formerly incarcerated into community and delving into the messy reality of living a just life.
BIBHAS VASE (Board Member) hails originally from Newfoundland. He is a criminal defence lawyer currently working in British Columbia on prison justice and civil forfeiture cases. He is passionate about protecting human rights, large and small, including the corrosive incremental erosion that can happen through legal bureaucratic action and inaction.
MYRA LUCIA (Board Member) lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia and has worked in the banking Industry for over 20 years. She believes in community, giving back and being a global citizen through her volunteer work with organizations such CISV and Inspiring HOPE.
LISA TERYL (Volunteer) is senior legal counsel and legal mediator and arbitrator with Teryl Scott Lawyers Inc. (1995-present) and served for six years as senior legal counsel at the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission (2009 to 2015). She has written a book entitled, Nova Scotia Law: Everything You Wanted To Know But Couldn’t Afford To Ask (Pottersfield, 2002)––a local best seller––which was an early effort to address access to justice.