Born in Vancouver BC, on the traditional unceded Tsleil-Waututh, Squamish and Musqueam Territories, I found my way back home after a 10 year sojourn in Montreal and Philadelphia. During my 7 years in the US, right in the midst of Vietnam War, I worked as the Coordinator of an umbrella-type Peace Center, serving many peace & justice-oriented organizations. That deepened my commitment to activism and led me to Law School in search of justice and more power to effect social change. Back in BC, and running a small and busy law practice while raising my two children in the Gulf Islands, led me to mediation as a better way for me to serve my clients’ interests.
I found my true vocation in mediation and teaching, and I am continually grateful to have work that I love so passionately.
Although I continue to live on a small Gulf Island off the west coast of BC, my work has taken me far afield. I am very fortunate to live in a home surrounded by forest and ocean. We all need time and space for renewal!
Growing up in BC, I was culturally blind to the First Nations communities all around me. The process of learning how to build relationship with our indigenous people and unlearning my own ethnocentrism is a lifelong endeavour, and I have the very best teachers in my aboriginal friends, colleagues, clients and students.
Mediation is humbling work as we cannot ask or expect clients to do anything we are not able to do ourselves. It teaches us to engage with our own conflict and respect the lessons conflict holds for us.
When I’m not working, I am happily baking bread, walking the beach, skiing or practising my T’ai Chi (Wu style). My friends, family and neighbour islanders teach me about love, support and the strength of community. I enjoy writing on issues related to conflict engagement, peace & justice. See link for my articles.
Humans are social beings and we all have a need to belong. May we continue to expand our “in-group” so we envision all of humanity as our very own community, to whom we all belong