The Circles of Support and Accountability (CoSA) programs met for their annual Celebration Day on Saturday, June 2, at Danforth Mennonite Church in Toronto. CoSA is a program that supports individuals that have had a history of sexual offending in KW, Hamilton, and Toronto.
Approximately 70 CoSA core members, volunteers, and MCC Restorative Justice staff gathered together for a time of reflection and celebration based on the theme “We Journey Together.”
David Blow, one of MCC's CoSA Program Associates provided a fitting reflection based on a 30-day trek his daughter made on the Pacific Crest Trail. As Dave reflected on her journey, he was able to draw parallels to the journey many of our core members make in their reintegration. It is often difficult and has many ups and downs, and at times has a range of emotions attached to re-entry into community. The journey can be isolating, scary, beautiful, focused, about choices, unknown, treacherous, a step into diversity, problematic, filled with opportunity and regret, hard work and a test of our faith.
Core members and volunteers were presented with 1, 3, 5, 10, 15 and 20-year medallions to celebrate their commitment to journeying together in community.