November 20, 2014

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BANFF, Alberta

Larry Moore of Kaslo, BC was presented the prestigious National Ron Wiebe Restorative Justice Award from the Correctional Service of Canada on Monday November 17 at the National Restorative Justice Symposium held in Banff Alberta.

This award recognizes Canadians who have demonstrated, through their work or lifestyle, ways of transforming human relationships, by enabling and promoting communication and healing between people in conflict, be they victims, offenders, colleagues, families or neighbours.

In presenting the award Scott Harris, Assistant Commissioner, Communications and Engagement, Correctional Service of Canada personally had this to say about Mr. Moore.  “Larry is truly a person who seeks justice.  He is perpetually looking for a better experience of justice in whatever he does, and that occasionally brings him into conflict.  Those of you who know Larry, know what I am talking about.  He is not afraid to speak what needs to be spoken. And there are so many people who unfortunately don’t want to hear that.  It is his tenacity, his persistence and his true sense of right and wrong and respect for humanity that leads him into what he does. And it is a reflection of that spirit that brought him here today.  It would be a shame to not honour that part of him which is so profound and so meaningful to all of us, that passionate pursuit of true justice.”

Since 2001, Larry Moore’s name is widely associated to his work with Cathie Douglas as Heartspeak Productions.  Most people who are first exposed to restorative justice (RJ) are introduced to the field by viewing one or more of their videos.  These videos are as useful for seasoned practitioners as they are to students and newcomers to the field.  Using educational video media and making it accessible online to Canadians and internationally tremendously impacted the field.  These resources continue to shape RJ as a whole in prison, community and academic settings.

For 18 years, Larry has been a force in RJ as an advocate, educator, practitioner and filmmaker.  His approach is one filled with generosity, sensitivity and understanding. His efforts and his art of filmmaking have created a ripple effect that will continue to resonate with people. 

“I am very honoured and humbled to be acknowledged by my peers and the Correctional Service of Canada” said Moore, “I didn’t do anything by myself.  It takes a network of compassionate human beings to create a ripple of healing. Thank you all. All My Relations.”

For further information contact, Larry Moore, Producer/Director of Heartspeak Productions at 250-353-7779, hartspk@telus.net

http://www.heartspeakproductions.ca, http://www.youtube.com/heartspeak

 

November 8, 2013

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Kaslo based Video Production Company wins BCCPA Media Award and SFU Hummingbird Award

BURNABY, B.C. - Kaslo-based Heartspeak Productions received a 2013 Crime Prevention Award for Media excellence from the Honourable Suzanne Anton QC, Attorney General and Minister of Justice at the B.C. Crime Prevention Association (BCCPA) conference held in Burnaby on November 1st.  Heartspeak produces paradigm shifting documentaries on peacemaking and restorative justice available on YouTube and DVD.

“We’re very honoured to be acknowledge by the BCCPA and Ministry of Justice.” says Producer/Director Larry Moore, “and we are grateful for all the support we have received from communities and collaborators both here in B.C. and around the world.  We feel passionate about people getting involved with their communities and making them safer by learning about restorative practices.”

“Our goal is to have these resources available to all British Columbians through public libraries, schools and online so community dialogues can be furthered and complement the work of existing programs, groups and individuals striving to find alternatives to retributive justice.”

Larry Moore and Cathie Douglas also received Simon Fraser University’s Hummingbird Award presented by Dr. Brenda Morrison at the Annual Dr. Liz Elliot Memorial Lecture and Dialogue at Douglas College in New Westminster, BC on Tuesday November 5th.  The award recognizes the continuing legacy of the compassionate and courageous spirit of the late Dr. Elizabeth Elliott, founder of the Centre for Restorative Justice. The award recognizes the tenacious spirit of hummingbirds who declare themselves to the values and relationships that build and sustain healthy communities.

Heartspeak has produced over eighty documentaries and videos in the last twelve years. Evolving out of a community grassroots restorative justice initiative, Heartspeak partnered with Simon Fraser University’s Center For Restorative Justice in creating their first production “A Healing River – An Invitation to Explore Restorative Justice Values and Principles” video and dialogue guide.  They continue to partner with educational institutions, community groups and individuals to produce educational resources.  Their most recent release “Restorative Justice Is The LAW” illustrates that there are obligations and opportunities to respond restoratively at every level of the justice system and that the public interest is served when processes meet human rights obligations and satisfy sentencing objectives set out in the Canadian Criminal Code.  Filming at diverse venues and prestigious conferences, they have documented aboriginal and non-aboriginal pioneers in restorative justice. Topics covered include addiction, trauma, shame, brain development, circle sentencing and peacemaking.

Owned and operated by Cathie Douglas and Larry Moore, Heartspeak Productions films experts from the fields of education, law, medicine and social work, including Gabor Mate, Dr. Howard Zehr, Chief Judge Barry Stuart, Suman and Mangit Virk, Dr. Liz Elliott, and Judge Murray Sinclair.