The recipient of this year’s Susanna Jani Award for Excellence in Mediation has a longstanding history leading, promoting and facilitating effective conflict resolution. I think you’ll agree that she has had an impressively positive impact.
Since the late 1970’s, she has volunteered with:
- Crisis Centre
- UBC Women’s Resource Centre
- Surrey-White Rock Mediation Services
- Academy of Family Mediators (including as member of Practice Standards Committee)
And been a Board member for:
- Mediation Development Association of BC
- West Coast Mediation Services
- Conflict Resolution Council of BC
- Canadian Network for Community Justice and Conflict Resolution
- Canadian Mental Health Association
- Family Mediation Canada (including as Chairperson of the Education Committee)
In 1981 she began providing training and holding conferences around BC on family violence. She then went on to design a course, and write the manual for the first mediation course at the JI which she delivered in 1983. Within a year of that first class, she established the Justice Institute’s Centre for Conflict Resolution Training. She continued to develop collaborative conflict resolution courses for the JI well through the 1990s.
In 1990, she received her Master’s Degree of Education in Counselling Psychology and began turning her mind to the conflict and pain she was seeing workplaces. By 1995 she developed and taught the harassment and discrimination mediation course at the JI which was followed by being part of the team to develop one of Canada’s first Respectful Workplace Programs. She continued to work with Crown Corporations and correctional facilities to change the conflict culture of these institutions.
It is my privilege to announce that the 2017 recipient of the Susanna Jani Award for Excellence in Mediation is Marje Burdine.
About the Susanna Jani Award for Excellence in Mediation
The Susanna Jani Award for Excellence in Mediation, established in 2009, is an annual award acknowledging a person who has made a significant contribution to the field of mediation in BC. Previous recipients include Ron Tucker, Gordon Sloan, Sharon Sutherland, Peggy English, Lee Turnbull, Carole McKnight, Sally Campbell, M. Jerry McHale, QC, Joyce W. Bradley, QC and Kari D. Boyle.