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Member Spotlights

MBBI calls its members Peace Builders. Our members contribute their time utilizing their skills and experiences to participate in Working and Regional Groups, and Capacity-Building & Advocacy Initiatives. We hope that through our Spotlights, our members, individually and collectively, will inspire you as much as they inspire us to continue the important work.

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A growing number of international requests reach MBBI for partnerships, services, and projects. Help us build our capacity to say “yes” to these requests; consider joining us as a Peace Builder. For more information on how to become involved and for internship and volunteer opportunities, please visit our Join Us page or contact us at info@mediatorsbeyondborders.org.

Our Peace Builders

Having Difficult Conversations. Member Spotlight: Danae Woodward

Danae Woodward has worked as an attorney for 30 years and as a mediator for 15 of those years. She works in the employment sector, representing discriminated against employees and…
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City Planning and Peacebuilding. Member Spotlight: Lloyd Talbot

Lloyd Talbot works as a city planner in Winnipeg, where he uses mediation largely to unite different communities of people, as well as to make peace between the natural environment…
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Mediation and Emotions. Member Spotlight: Lorenzo Colombani

“Mediation, whether it is commercial, business, or family mediation, all of those three types have the same principle. Every time emotions are paramount. As a mediator, you are dealing with…
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Restorative Justice and Conflict Transformation. Member Spotlight: Kelly Rico

Kelly Rico is a member of MBBI Canada and was on their Board of Directors between January 2020 through January 2021. Her experience with Restorative Justice (RJ), community mediation and…
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Breaking the Silence and Creating Safe Spaces. Member Spotlight: ElsaMarie D’Silva

ElsaMarie D’Silva is an ardent activist against sexual and gender-based violence, and the founder and CEO of the Red Dot Foundation, which was initially launched as Safecity (a tech platform launched…
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Embracing Social Change through Medicine and Negotiation: Member Spotlight Kathy Orchen

Kathy Orchen, a physician’s assistant, is a Quality Assurance Program Manager at Zufall Health Center in New Jersey, USA, and has worked in public health for over 40 years. Zufall…
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The Future of Mediation. Member Spotlight: Janet Chance

Based in Saratoga, California, Janet Chance is an experienced mediator who is passionate about helping repair relationships and helping people move on from conflict. She founded Chance Conflict Consulting almost…
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From Training to Mediating. Member Spotlight: Hilary Bendon

Hillary Bendon was involved in organizational and leadership development for 25 years before becoming a mediator. Her last position was running a training department for an aerospace company.  She was…
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Social Development, Education and VISIONS. Member Spotlight: Elika Dadsetan-Foley

As a whole, education represents the most fundamental basis to foster social development and nourish the thrive of the individuals and the communities they live in. This is why Elika…
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Trust Your Instincts. Member Spotlight: Kathie Murtey

Even though Kathie is not a mediator by profession, she still considers herself a natural mediator by life choice and by circumstance, “in many ways it was a natural thing…
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