Vancouver Mediators’ Lounge

Mediators' Lounge

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 although we bring up current ADR news, share learning experiences and discuss new ideas.
  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.

Mediators' Lounge

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 although we bring up current ADR news, share learning experiences and discuss new ideas.
  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.

 

Schedule:

Day Place
Jan 16, 2020 Cancelled due to bad weather
Feb 20, 2020 Diva at the Met, 6pm
Guest speakers Joan Braun and Vivian Kerenyi, both lawyers and mediators, will be joining us to talk about Elder Mediation 
March 19, 2020 To limit the potential impact of Covid-19, we will not be meeting this month. April’s schedule is pending.
April 16, 2020 Check back for location
May 21, 2020 Check back for location
June 18, 2020  Check back for location
July 2020 NO meeting in July
August 2020 NO meeting in August
September 2020   Join us at the Mediate BC Vancouver Reception,
contact me or MBC for link to registration 
Oct 15, 2020 Rogue, Waterfront, 6 to 7:30pm
Nov 19, 2020 El Santo, 680 Columbia St, New West, 6 to 7:30pm
December 2020 NO meeting in December

 

 

Note: Locations are subject to change, please check in a few days before event

 
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