Job Title:Probation Officer
Employer:Province of Ontario, Ministry of Children and Youth Services - Youth Justice Services
Grad Year:1984, 1990
Major(s):Law (BA)
Expertise:Community Safety/Correctional Services

What makes you a good mentor?

I believe that in these challenging times it is helpful to have a person who may be a resource to facilitate a student’s career development.

About John Watters

John is originally from Pickering, Ontario and decided to attend Carleton for their Criminology program. Following graduation in 1984 John worked in research and was encouraged to pursue his Masters in Criminology. He returned to Carleton and completed his Honours in 1990. In 1991 he secured employment with the Ontario Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services as a Probation/Parole Officer.

During his first eight years in that role, John was on contract and supervised a diverse adult caseload of offenders with charges ranging from domestic violence; impaired driving and sexual offences. In 1998 he was assigned a diverse caseload of adult and young offenders as the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services was also responsible to supervise 16-17 year old young offenders.

In 2004 John transferred to the Ministry of Children and Youth Services supervising only youth in trouble with the law. Throughout his career he served on various committees concerning gang prevention in order to enhance programs to divert youth from the justice system. As well as programs to enhance community safety, and foster a better understanding of the criminal justice system to students and newcomer communities. In addition he was a local union steward and represented his members by his involvement with his local employee committee.

Since the fall of 2016 John was seconded to the Service Delivery Division of the Ministry of Children and Youth Services to assist with licensing as well as transfer payment agency policy and procedures review.  He will return to probation work at the end of his temporary assignment.

In addition to his education at Carleton, John has also earned a bachelor’s degree in theological studies from St. Paul University.

In his spare time John enjoys community volunteering in addition to fitness. He also is an avid reader and enjoys travel to different countries.