“I am a firm believer that there is always something good to be had in the face of all the negative that happens in our world today. However, it’s difficult to always believe when the negative has a profound affect on your very own family. In fact, I felt a deep sickening knot in the pit of my stomach when I got a call from the police stating they had my child in custody and to come down to the station and pick him up. How in the world could anything good come from this?”
Jon* was a high-level hockey player and travelled all over the world with his team. One dare and one bad decision in the moment with some friends resulted in a criminal charge that could have changed his future forever. It was a mistake. And Jon knew it instantly.
His dream of a professional hockey career was on the line.
Jon was given a second chance. Together with concerned parents they met with volunteers of a local Youth Justice Committee, neighbours who lived in the same community. Eager to make amends, Jon earned money to give to the victim to pay for the damages his action caused, participated in a character development program and volunteered at the Mustard Seed where he encouraged his family to join him. On his own, he also chose to write a sincere letter of apology to the victim