St. Stephen's Community House participants

Mary Lee

Mary LeeMary Lee

Resolving conflict one student at a time

Mary Lee has long been a proponent of finding productive ways to resolve conflict. When the opportunity came to help people in Etobicoke, she was ready, willing and able.

“Back in September 2012, we introduced the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) program at Humber College. St. Stephen’s Conflict Resolution & Training (CRT) team has been hired to teach since the start. Then in 2013, St. Stephen’s helped us launch and oversee our Humber Dispute Resolution clinic. It offers free mediation, conflict coaching and conflict management training, not only for Humber students, but for residents of South Etobicoke as well.”

The program and clinic give Humber students theoretical knowledge and practical mediation experience. They also benefit from having the opportunity to be selected as interns with CRT, gaining experience with mediation, case management, court intakes and staffing of some of our other mediation clinics across Toronto. Some interns join our roster of community mediators, using that experience as a springboard for their careers.

“Our students have gone on to work in organizations like the Landlord and Tenant Board, Licence Appeal Tribunal, various court houses in Brampton and Scarborough, the Bail Program and Family Mediation services, Services and Housing In the Province and the police services. Together, we are connecting our community and making it a better place to live.”

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