Julie Thompson

Director of Community Engagement, Community Justice Initiatives

Julie Thompson.

BA (1989), Recreation and Leisure StudiesĀ 

A Therapeutic Recreation graduate, Julie is now the Director of Programs for Community Justice Initiatives (CJI), where she oversees many programs that utilize restorative justice to work with people affected by conflict and crime. The Stride program, in addition to being a program Julie oversees, was founded by her and uses restorative justice to help reintegrate previously incarcerated women back into the community. Julie credits the University of Waterloo for setting her on a path of program development. Using what she learned through her leisure studies courses, Julie works to minimize the stigmas associated with being incarcerated by focusing on the strengths and abilities of the individual. Further, Julie uses engagement in leisure activities to connect incarcerated women with community volunteers in a way that is natural and authentic.
Affiliation: 
University of Waterloo