Back in 2015, a colleague who lives on the Island, told me about a group of mediators who casually gather once a month to talk about conflict resolution (and other topics). This group was and is still called the Victoria Mediators’ Lounge. A lightbulb moment happened when I realized Vancouver had nothing like this. It was time. The idea of the Vancouver Mediators’ Lounge ('VML' or 'The Lounge') was born. Our first meeting was June 18, 2015. Attendance and excitement at the first few Lounges made us realize how important it is for all of us to meet and talk about dispute resolution and other related topics. Years later, our meetings continue each month, usually on the third Thursday of the month and always from 6 to 7:30 pm. Arrive when you can, leave when you want. We alternate between Vancouver and New Westminster (near skytrain) in order for those outside the downtown core to attend. If anyone is interested in hosting a Lounge outside these two areas, please let me know and follow the principles of the VML, below. Principles of VML 1. No agenda and few rules. 2. Should be fun: This time should be set aside for alternative dispute resolution practitioners (ADRPs) to relax and talk to other like-minded individuals. 3. All ADRPs are welcome including Lawyers, Arbitrators, Divorce Coaches, Mediators, etc., etc. 4. Confidential. This is obvious, but it should be stated anyway: Anything confidential discussed at The Lounge will remain among the ADRPs present.
No meetings July, August or December.
Note: Locations are subject to change, please check in a few days before event
|Oct 18, 2018||Joey's at 507 Burrard (Bentall Centre). Get off at Burrard Stn.|
|Nov 15||The Hub (New West Station)|
|Jan 2019||Rogue, Waterfront|
|Feb 20 and 27, 2019||Wed. Feb 20, People's Law School (900 Howe), noon to 1 pm (all welcome) Wed. Feb 27, BC Alliance for Arts & Culture (938 Howe), 6 to 7:30 pm (for ADR practitioners)|
|March 21, 2019||Piva Restaurant, across from New West Station-787 Columbia St, at 8th Ave (for ADR practitioners)|
|April 18, 2019||Rogue, Waterfront, 6-7:30 pm|
|May 16, 2019||el Santo, 680 Columbia St New West, 6 - 7:30 pm|