Growing up, summers at my grandmother’s cottage gave me a window into mystical experiences of the natural world that continue to inform my life. At university I studied zoology but my extra curricular interests and greater motivations became related to consciousness and human potential. Following graduation in 1975, I was surprised to discover innate teaching capabilities that I employed to make my living instructing sailing, skiing, and meditation.
After some years I took an opportunity to dive fully into meditation for over half a decade, adopting at the same time a monastic reclusive lifestyle in a group setting. The positive elements of meditation were counterbalanced to some degree by the controlling dynamics of the group, which became a new fascination. My reclusive tendencies reversed as I gained social and political interest, and by 1987, I had completed an MBA.
Through assisting former members of coercive groups, I became interested in working with people in a broader context. Following three years of training I began a mediation practice in 1996 in the rural community of Salt Spring Island where I lived. My practice expanded from mediating divorces to work in government programs such as court mediation, and then into the organizational setting, which now dominates my practice.
I am generally retained to address conflict situations, or to assist in the development of whole or part of an organization. Mediating between two parties has expanded to team development, executive coaching, and large group processes. In addition to my focus in organizations, I sometimes assist Canadian First Nations communities or facilitate Restorative Justice training.
As well as supplying my own training programs, I teach experiential learning courses in conflict resolution at the Justice Institute of BC as well as a graduate course in Conflict Analysis and Management at Royal Roads University, both of which are located in the south coastal region British Columbia, Canada where I reside.
I enjoy becoming familiar with the culture of an organizational environment or community and think of myself as a catalyst that enters the human relationship system and facilitates a constructive transformation. I am deeply interested in the meaning of the conflict experience and what it has to offer individual and organizational growth.
I live with my life partner artist Gail Sibley in our 100-year-old character house in the Fernwood urban village of Victoria. Our common interests include our home, dance, and travel.
I’d love to hear from you.