Volunteers Make a Big Impact
(and We’re Thankful!)

Mediate BC is blessed to have a great many skilled and talented people who volunteer their time. By participating in our public events, writing for our blog, contributing to social media and even making videos, these amazing people have helped educate the public about their conflict resolution options and imparted useful skills in all sorts of contexts.

It is National Volunteer Week (April 23-29, 2017) in Canada., so Mediate BC wanted to take a moment to publicly recognize and thank our volunteers for their contribution and commitment.

Impact

At Mediate BC we lead, promote and facilitate effective conflict resolution. Our volunteers help us live this mission by:

  • Engaging over 2,100 people at events across the province
  • Helping us make 400,000 social media impressions
  • Contributing to over 20 blog posts
  • Developing & contributing to 7 Mediate BC CPD events
  • Developing new Standards of Conduct for Med-Arb
  • Providing feedback on our Complaints Process
  • And so much more!

Our volunteers are truly making an impact and Mediate BC is a stronger organization thanks to our volunteers. We appreciate your generosity and support.

Mediate BC also recognizes the countless volunteer hours that go into some of the joint events we’ve had with the following organizations this year: BCAMI, Conciliation and Arbitration Board of Canada, Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia, CoRe Conflict Resolution Society, Justice Education Society, Justice Institute of British Columbia, People’s Law School, and the Virtual Mediation Lab.

Our Volunteers

Thank you to our 2015/2016 Roster Mediator volunteers!

Rebecca Alleyne
Peter Altridge
Lisa Arora
Nancy Baker
Grace Baker
Kat Bellamano
Linda Bonnell
Joseph Boskovich
Kari Boyle
Joan Braun
Colleen Cattell, QC
Maria Constantinescu
Nicholette D’Angelo
Tara Day
Jerome Dickey
Jory Faibish
Katherine Fraser
Kaitlin Fulton
Carrie Gallant
Leanne Harder
Chris Harris
Brandon Hastings
Arlene H. Henry, QC
Carol Hickman, QC
Brenda Hooper
Darrin Hotte
Kyra Hudson
Paul Jacks
Aurora Johannson
Sharon Kelly
Vivian Kerenyi
Edwin Knight
Tara Kowalski
Wendy Lakusta
Michael Lomax
Gavin Mather
Yuki Matsuno
Elaine McCormack
Shelina Neallani
Leslie Palleson
Wayne Plenert
Donna Rintoul
Amy Robertson
Shelina Sayani
Colleen Selby
Amanda Semenoff
Maria Silva
Gordon Sloan
Norm Smookler
Donna Soules
Sharon Sutherland
Paul Taberner
Lori Williams

We would also like to recognize our Board of Directors and members of our Roster Committee, all of whom serve on a volunteer basis. Their guidance and oversight is invaluable to Mediate BC. These are time-consuming and intense volunteer roles that provide an enormous benefit to all of us in the mediation community. Thank you to all the current and former Directors and Roster Committee members who served Mediate BC over the past year:

Board of Directors
Brian Gibbard, Chair
Lori Charvat, Vice-Chair
Bill Keen, Treasurer
Richard Stewart, QC, Secretary
Judge Andrea Brownstone
Julie Daum
Gayle Bedard (former)
Jane Morley, QC (former)
Wayne Plenert (former)
Paul Taberner (former)
Roster Committee
Carol Hickman, QC, Chair
Richard Stewart, QC, Vice-Chair
Leanne Harder
Arlene H.Henry, QC
Angela Stadel
Jim Vilvang, QC
Dan Williams
Nick de Domenico (former)
Wayne Plenert (former)

Thank you all!

Thank You Volunteers!

BC is really blessed with a generous and engaged dispute resolution community. One doesn’t have to look far to find DR professionals giving their time and talents to a variety of projects.

By participating in our public awareness events, contributing to this blog, engaging in peer training opportunities, or shaping the direction of professional DR standards in BC, volunteers have contributed thousands of hours to make mediation effective and accessible. Volunteering is an enriching experience for everyone involved.

We look forward to continuing to increase the ways in which we engage with our community and offer more opportunities to become involved. Keep an eye out for volunteers calls in our newsletters. If you have ideas for new ways Mediate BC and Roster Mediators can support your organization or volunteering, please get in touch!

As April is volunteer recognition month, we wanted to end it with a heartfelt thank you to our 2015-2016 volunteers. We appreciate your spirit of generosity and support!

Rahul Aggarwal
Lisa Alexander
Rebecca Alleyne
Pater Altridge
Nigel Argent
Lisa Arora
Grace Baker
Sheila Begg
Kathleen Bellamano
Annina Bernardo
Fazal (Fuzz) Bhimji
Joan Braun
Jereme Brooks
Debbie Cameron
Nancy Cameron
Colleen Cattell
Matt Chritchley
Bev Churchill
Anouk Crawford
Jenifer Crawford
Tim Cullen
Sarah Daitch
Nicholette D’Angelo
Julie Daum
Nick de Domenico
Ina Ergasheva
Jory Faibish
Bob Finlay
Rob Finlay
Gary Fitzpatrick
Katherine Fraser
Carrie Gallant
Nicole Garton
Brian Gibbard
Deborah Giunio-Zorkin
Martin Golder
Leanne Harder
Brandon Hastings
Richard Horne
Darrin Hotte
Jennifer Hubbard
Kyra Hudson
Paul Jacks
Lindsay Jardine
Aurora Johannson
Noriko Kawaguchi
Wendy Lakusta
Bill Larose
Laura Matthews
Shelina Neallani
Alex Ning
Chris Ortner
Preston Parsons
Ella Pearle
Robin Phillips
Wayne Plenert
Emily Pos
Bobbi Poushinsky
Janko Predovic
Donna Rintoul
Amy Robertson
Adam Rollins
Marlene Russo
Jaime Sarophim
Richard Scott
Glenn Sigurdson
Maria Silva
Richard Singer
Ronald J. Smith
Susan Smith
Donna Soules
Colleen Spier
Sharon Sutherland
Paul Taberner
Yannie Tai
Janine Thomas
Tammy Van Hinte
Catherine Watson
Michael Welsh
Lori Williams

 

We’d also like to thank our Board of Directors and Roster Committee who all serve on a volunteer basis. These time-consuming and intense roles provide invaluable guidance and oversight to Mediate BC. Thank you!

Board of Directors

  • Brian Gibbard
  • Wayne Plenert
  • Jane Morley
  • Bill Keen
  • Gayle Bedard
  • Judge Andrea Brownstone
  • Lori Charvat
  • Paul Taberner
Roster Committee

  • Wayne Plenert
  • Carol W. Hickman
  • Arlene H. Henry
  • Nick de Domenico
  • Angela Stadel
  • Richard N. Stewart

 

Thank you all so much!

 

Volunteers Are a Big Part of Mediate BC’s Success

As April is Volunteer Recognition month, I would like to take this opportunity to thank those who have volunteered their time on behalf of Mediate BC in the past year. By participating in our public events and writing for our blog, volunteers have put in many hours to help educate the public about mediation as an option in a variety of contexts.

Volunteering is an enriching experience for everyone involved. Members of the public are learning about mediation as an option to help them effectively deal with the conflict that inevitably enters their lives and workplaces. Other organizations learn about resources to provide to their clients who experience conflict. Mediate BC benefits enormously as you help us provide a much broader public outreach than we could otherwise. Finally, volunteering helps the volunteers themselves to promote their practices, to connect with other mediators, and to provide a real value to the public.

We have had volunteer participation for many years and in the past year we stepped up our game significantly in providing volunteer opportunities tors at events to mark Conflict Resolution Week and Family Day.

I hope that we can provide even more opportunities in the coming year. Keep an eye out calls for volunteers in our newsletters if you would like to get involved, and if you have ideas for new avenues for Mediate BC and our Roster Mediators to support your organization or community through volunteering, please get in touch!

Thank you to our 2014/2015 volunteers! We appreciate your generosity and support.

Rahul Aggarwal
Rebecca Alleyne
Grace Baker
Nancy Baker
Audra Bayer
Sheila Begg
Kathleen Bellamano
Fazal Bhimji
Patsy Bourassa
George Brose
Catherine Brink
Colleen Cattell
Bev Churchill
Mike Collyer
Anouk Crawford
Jen Crawford
Julie Daum
Jamie Elrington
Jenn Errico
Jory Faibish
Gary Fitzpatrick
Brian Gibbard
Bob Groves
Neil Hain
Leanne Harder
Brenda Hooper
Darrin Hotte
Kyra Hudson
Doug Husband
Roy Johnson
Sandra Kahle
Darlene Kavka
Sharon Kelly
Vivian Kerenyi
Aurora Johannson
Wendy Lakusta
Michael Lomax
Yuki Matsuno
Sandy Milne
Ron Monk
Elaine McCormack
Julia Menard
Liza Miles
Dan Miller
Kevin Moye
Liana Murphy
Bill Murphy-Dyson
Leslie Palleson
Shelina Neallani
Viola Neufeld
Alex Ning
Chris Ortner
Emily Pos
Janko Predovic
John Radford
Karen Redmond
Amy Robertson
Christiaan Rothman
Marlene Russo
Elise Schopper-Brigel
Colleen Selby
Shamim Shivji
Ron Smith
Susan Smith
Donna Soules
Norm Smookler
Colin Spencer
Sharon Sutherland
Paul Taberner
Yannie Tai
Tammy Van Hinte
Lori Williams
Ben Ziegler

 

I would also like to recognize our Board of Directors and members of our Roster Committee, all of whom serve on a volunteer basis. Their guidance and oversight is invaluable to Mediate BC. These are time-consuming and intense volunteer roles that provide an enormous benefit to all of us in the mediation community.Thank you to all the current and past Directors and Roster Committee members who served Mediate BC over the past year:

Board of Directors
• Peter Behie, Board Chair
• Gail Bedard
• Judge Andrea Brownstone
• Ian Doddington
• Brian Gibbard
• Jean Greatbatch
• Bill Keen
• Michael Lomax
• Jane Morley
• Wayne Plenert
• Judge Donna Senniw
• Paul Taberner
Roster Committee
• Sheila Begg
• Nick de Domenico
• Arlene Henry
• Carol Hickman
• Michael Lomax
• Wayne Plenert

Thank you all!

Monique Steensma
CEO, Mediate BC