Meet Bill, Gola & Cathy
Atlantic Restorative Company (ARC) was founded in 2012 by Bill Carr and Gola Taraschi-Carr. Bill and Gola first met through their interest and work in restorative justice. First as colleagues and then as a married couple and family, they are committed to using restorative practices in all aspects of their lives. ARC is focused on creating space for authentic human exchange. We do this so that people can strengthen and repair relationships, transform conflict, deepen understanding, build synergy and feel more connected to and positive about the world around them. This in turn creates a better world for all of us to enjoy. We feel that entrepreneurs have a new and exciting role to play in our society, one that blends economic viability and sustainability with the larger social good. We are a social entrepreneurship and that means that we seek social change as a vital outcome of our activities.
Cathy MacDonald joined ARC as a consultant in 2017 and is an indispensable member of the team who ensures everything is running on time and on task. Cathy’s role as Office Manager has allowed ARC to focus on strategic directions that are enabling us to grow and develop. Cathy manages everything from our website to contracting, travel, billing, bookkeeping and marketing, and taxes. Indispensible indeed! She is available at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We work from a cross-compensation view. This means that we offer all of our services to clients at competitive market rates and then leverage this to enable ARC to offer the same services to beneficiaries who would not normally be able to to afford them. We offer a sliding scale and are always open to conversation about what that looks like. Finance is important but not all benefits can be captured in monetary terms. For example, we deeply enjoy the pay-off and satisfaction of a conflict transformation process done well or a team feeling recharged and motivated. On so many levels, doing this work is itself a gift and a deep privilege to us personally and professionally. It is fair to say that we feel pretty inspired much of the time.
When asked what it felt like to start his own company, Derrick Fung, CEO of Turnezy, said its like you’re jumping off a cliff and building an airplane on the way down. We feel like that a lot. As a family business that is deliberately focused on creating a better world, we often build as we go and faith and flexibility are key stepping stones on our path. We use the term “company” in the classical theatrical sense. We see ourselves as a true company – a group of companions who join us for projects and collaborations in the short or long term. We like to keep very good company and seek out diverse people who are masters of their particular art form: cinematographers, social activists, program and neighbourhood leaders, painters, musicians, film editors, actors, producers, teachers and thought and policy leaders from government, academic, community, journalistic, and business circles. We value journeying and doing “with” those whose own interests and passions are aligned with our desire for a better world. Our most sincere intention is to collaborate to do good work with good people.