Marje Burdine Receives 2017 Susanna Jani Award for Excellence in Mediation

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:

And been a Board member for:

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 2009is 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 SloanSharon Sutherland, Peggy English, Lee TurnbullCarole McKnightSally CampbellM. Jerry McHale, QCJoyce W. Bradley, QC and Kari D. Boyle.

Kari D. Boyle Receives 2016 Susanna Jani Award for Excellence in Mediation

Thanksgiving in Canada centres around the harvest and is in many ways a celebration of abundance. We’re fortunate to have abundance in food, which many of us enjoyed with friends and family this weekend. In the Mediate BC family, we’re blessed with abundance in those working to advance mediation in new ways and to best serve the needs of the public.

Kari D. Boyle receives the 2016 Susanna Jani Award for Excellence in Mediation from Brian Gibbard and Monique Steensma.This past month we had the honour of presenting Kari D. Boyle with the 2016 Susanna Jani Award for Excellence in Mediation at Mediate BC’s Vancouver Reception on September 16th. Many of you will know Kari from her writing on this blog or on Slaw, as the Coordinator of the BC Family Justice Innovation Lab, committee member for Access to Justice BC, or her many leadership roles with Mediate BC (former Executive Director, former Director of Strategic Initiatives, Unbundled Family Legal Service Project Manager, etc.). Kari has been an indefatigable supporter of mediation and access to justice in BC.

Long-time Mediate BC board member Jane Morley, QC was unable to attend the reception, and provided the following message to Kari to be shared with all in attendance:

Kari, I wish I could be there to celebrate you as you receive the Susanna Jani award. I cannot think of anyone who more deserves this recognition. Your contribution to mediation in BC has been long-term and amazing, and I know (because I have the privilege and delight of continuing to work closely with you), it is continuing.

I first knew you by reputation – as a highly competent, intelligent and committed Executive Director of the Dispute Resolution Practicum Society. During the short time I was on that Board, I observed for myself that this reputation was well-founded. However, it was when you and I worked together on the merging of the Practicum Society and the Roster Society that I really began to understand the depth of your strength and capacity. It was then that our friendship developed, and we became partners in various interesting endeavours that, whether successful or not, have always been learning experiences for both of us. It has been onwards and upwards ever since.

Whether it was developing a transformative scenario planning exercise for the Mediate BC Board or declaring the start of the Family Justice Social (now Innovation) Lab or watching you adapt user-design approaches to BC, again and again I have seen you demonstrate your competence, intelligence and commitment to mediation and serving the public. I have developed a growing admiration of your capacity to stick to your deeply rooted principles, while demonstrating an inquiring and open mind. To be able to be both dogged and flexible simultaneously is the mark of a very special person. And you are a very special person!

This award appropriately marks the end of one chapter of your story – being the founding Executive Director of Mediate BC and its predecessor the Practicum/Innovation Society. You are leaving an organization that is respected widely by those who consider it “their” organization and by leaders of stakeholder organizations across the justice system. The strength of Mediate BC is, in no small measure, a reflection of your strength.

Being a recipient of the Susanna Jani award is an affirmation of the high regard in which the mediation community holds you. For my part, I feel privileged to have worked with you in this chapter that is closing. I am delighted at the prospect of working with you even more intensely in your next chapter as leader of the BC justice system’s first innovation lab. I know that in this new chapter, you will continue to champion mediation, and work to expand its use, and the application of its underlying principle of self-determination, to the entire family justice system in BC.

In absentia, I ask everyone present to raise their glasses and give a toast  – to Kari!

About the Susanna Jani Award for Excellence in Mediation

The Susanna Jani Award for Excellence in Mediation, established in 2009is 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, and Joyce W. Bradley, QC.

Joyce W. Bradley, QC Receives 2015 Susanna Jani Award for Excellence in Mediation

Joyce Bradley 2015 Award RecipientOn Friday, September 18th Brian Gibbard (the new Mediate BC Board of Directors Chair) and Monique Steensma (Mediate BC CEO) presented Joyce Bradley, QC with the Susanna Jani Award for Excellence in Mediation.

Joyce has been mediating since 1984, after having been called to the Bar in 1979. She had a hand in the establishment of several mediation organizations (SPIDR, FMC, MDABC) and developing standards of practice. Joyce went on to become one of the first Certified Comprehensive Family Mediators through FMC. She was the first lawyer who had restricted her practice to mediation (1989) to be named Queen’s Counsel in 2003. Joyce has always made herself available to other mediators formally through coaching and mentoring (Mediate BC, JIBC, CLE, CoRe Clinic, Child Protection Mediation Program) and informally as well.

On receiving the award, Joyce commented:

“One of the things I think was most exciting about having watched this field develop is the many areas it’s moved into, the many ways it’s been adapted – people have found so many things to do with it!

…I think when I got my QC (which heaven knows having given up the practice of traditional law in ’89 I never expected THAT to happen!) I regarded it as a sign that mediation had come of age: in the courts; in the legal community; in the mental health community; and all the other areas where these new initiatives were springing up.”

Congratulations Joyce!

About the Susanna Jani Award for Excellence in Mediation

The Susanna Jani Award for Excellence in Mediation, established in 2009is 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, and M. Jerry McHale, QC.