Staff Member Bios

Sheri Halladay, Program Coordinator

Photo of Sheri HalladaySheri began as a volunteer with the Community Justice Program in 2000.  In 2001, she was honored to become a staff member.  Sheri has witnessed restorative practice broaden to include communities of care with victims’ & offenders’ families and friends participating in collaborative processes called forums, conferences or circles.

Sheri holds restorative practices in very high regard as you can tell by the passionate way she speaks about the process.  She is amazed at the authentic and genuine emotions that are shared, the body language that is translated and the positive attitude that steps out.  Sheri has endorsed and supported the relationships that are mended and strengthened in our community.

Sheri is the mother of two adult daughters whom she adores… because they make her so proud. 

Sheri loves nature walks with her partner and their jack russells, picking up shells, sticks and treasures…

Andrew Lynch, Community Animator

Andrew Lynch photoAndrew is a retired elementary school principal who moved from Ottawa to an old stone farm house in Lanark County at the end of 2012 with his partner Bonnie Allen. This not only has proven to be a welcome change from city life, but has afforded them endless opportunities to learn about the challenges of renovating and updating an old building.

After graduating from Queen’s University in 1974, Andrew schussed the ski slopes of Banff and worked for a couple of large financial institutions before, much to his surprise, he found his calling as a teacher. During his graduate studies and throughout his career, Andrew deepened his understanding of curriculum implementation, teaching methodology and learning assessment at the school and system level. However, his real passion was, and remains, developing inclusive school cultures which support meaningful learning for all students in a caring and safe environment. As a newly trained facilitator with LCCJP, Andrew has seen the power of restorative justice to give voice to all stakeholders in a wrongdoing, thereby helping them identify the harm done and build consensus on how that harm can be healed. He believes fervently that implementing a spectrum of restorative practices in schools and other organizations has the power to effectively support youth in becoming resilient and confident learners, and caring, responsible members of their communities.

When not preoccupied with finding ways to make the world a better place or with working on his property, Andrew continues to pursue his lifelong interests in music, photography and self-propelled travel on water and land. 

Kelly Filoso, Community Development Coordinator

Kelly comes to us with a wealth of experience teaching youth. She has over 16 years of experience teaching English and Humanities classes at the secondary level. She likes to think outside the box and has developed: Positive Parenting - parent role modelling with children; Got English? - youth reading program; and Teen Cuisine - nutritional classes for youth.

Her early career was spent working in youth addictions as well as in the children’s program at a woman’s shelter before going on to university where she obtained a degree with majors in both Law and Psychology.  Her love of children enabled her to work as a Children’s Coordinator at a Daycare prior to entering the education sector. She developed and executed a business plan for a Home Staging business and directed it for several years, while teaching, before selling it to continue to focus her passion in education and with youth.

Kelly is passionate about restorative practices, lifelong learning and youth justice. For two decades. Kelly’s work with youth in crisis has provided her with a capacity to empathize and see life through their eyes. She is known to be an advocate for those who need support and lives her life as she would like the world to be: a place full of love, compassion, empathy and respect creating dignity for everyone. As cliché as it sounds, “Love makes the world go round” is a belief system that Kelly truly lives by and adheres to ‘the cup is half full philosophy’- it is all our perception of life events that lead us to the choices that we make. With an empathetic heart and a longing for justice, Kelly takes her role as Development Coordinator seriously as a wonderful opportunity to share her belief and experience in how emulating respect, compassion and truly listening to others can have a profound effect on youth, school climate and the communities we live in.

Kelly has three beautiful daughters, a loving husband and a bulldog names BOSS. She values her quality family time and the simple things life has to offer. In her free moments, she can be found reading voraciously, gardening, decorating houses, cooking and learning about health and nutrition or simply enjoying nature and life’s splendor.

Lisa Laforet, Finance Coordinator

Lisa was born and raised in Perth (and area) until she moved to Chalk River when she got married. Lisa spent many years as a dedicated cleaner/care-giver for wounded and retired military personel. She went back to school to become a bookkeeper in 2012 which is a perfect match for her given she has always loved working with numbers. Lisa has two fantastic children and one dearly loved grandchild. She recently moved back to the area after some life changes and is happy to be home. Aside from LCCJP, Lisa also has a small roster of bookkeeping cliental from the area. When work is done she loves to be outdoors; fishing, camping, and just spending time with friends and family. Lisa has a passion for cross stitch, jigsaw puzzles, and reading true crime books. 

Sarah Bingham, Executive Director

Sarah Bingham Photo

Originally from Northern Ontario then Ottawa, Sarah Bingham has been a long time Lanark County resident, moving here in 1999 with her husband. They are raising their two children in Carleton Place and quite appreciate the many joys of living in small town Canada and rural Ontario.

Sarah left the private sector many years ago, having worked for two multi-national corporations, to follow a more purpose-driven path. She has a clear vision of working collaboratively with community partners to create safety, inclusion, equality and dignity for everyone.  She is a passionately engaged advocate to see positive, lasting change in our society.

Sarah has many years of social service experience, having worked in shelters for abused women here in Lanark County and in Calgary, as well as a shelter for homeless youth in downtown Calgary. She has a degree from Carleton University in Political Science and has attended countless additional trainings and workshops- she is as passionate about learning as she is about the power of restorative approaches!

Sarah has extensive skills in crisis counselling, public education, curriculum building, research, program evaluation, child and youth work, facilitation, fundraising, grant-writing and project management. She specializes in building community capacity to prevent and respond to violence, crime and harm of all sorts as well as promoting healthy relationships and stronger communities.

In her spare time Sarah is a voracious reader, member of the Lanark County Live Poets Society (aka LiPS), she loves camping, her bullmastiffs, Motown music and spending time having fun with her family.