There are many people who have contributed to the development of the Youth Court Committee since its inception in 1974. First and foremost is George Thomson, then Family Court Judge for Frontenac County. It was George Thomson's creative attitude and approach to youth corrections that made the Committee possible. With his assistance, Dick and Sherry Barnhorst were the initial authors of the manual, creating a well-organized and efficient base that future committees will always appreciate.
Judith Ryan, Administrator for the years 1977 to 1980, and Rick Brooks were responsible for firmly establishing the Committee as a viable and integral component of the youth justice system in Frontenac County. By revising the initial manual, they created a smoothly operating and functional program which sought to meet the needs of the young people served. Ms. Ryan's successor, Elaine Pelkey (1980 to 1985) with the assistance of Bob Gardner, Joe Kane and Harley Shaw further revised the manual.
Several Revisions have been undertaken commencing in 1986. With the invaluable assistance of Professor Nick Bala, Dr. Stephen Dukoff, Laurie Davey-Quantick and Deirdre Rice, Daren Dougall, the Program Administrator embarked on an effort to revise the manual to reflect the implementation of the Young Offenders Act. The present version is the result of that effort and smaller updates since.
The work that has gone into the manual and the resulting operation of the Committee is a good indication of the commitment of the people involved with the Program. No matter how well the Committee operates in future years this process of revision must continue. We urge all those involved in the Youth Court Committee, both at present and in the future, to continue to scrutinize and criticize the Program. By so doing, we will ensure the continuation of a well functioning, respected and highly successful program.