Thanksgiving weekend is a time for togetherness, a celebration of family and friends. At least, that’s what we all hope it will be. But, for many people, it is a time of tension. A time when they are reminded of conflicts or problems in their lives at home or in the workplace. Often, these problems end up in a courtroom - and the resolution is costly, time-consuming and stressful.
I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. But if there is something that isn’t working in your life, and you’d like to give thanks for a happier home or work life next year, I urge you to consider mediation. Mediation is a negotiation method in which an impartial third party, called a mediator, helps parties in conflict to resolve their issues by talking it out.
Mediators facilitate communication between parties. They encourage the exchange of information and urge parties to look at the problem from different points of view and to explore ideas for dispute resolution. The parties, not the mediator, ultimately make the decisions about an agreement that will work best for them.
This is what I do for a living. I am a mediator in Kelowna, BC, with 30 years of experience. At Just Family Solutions, I am dedicated to providing cost-effective resolutions of family law legal disputes through arbitration and mediation. During my years of professional experience, I have helped hundreds of people to find a better way to resolve their disputes.
Mediation has many benefits: it is quicker than court action, it saves money, and it works. From October 11th to 18th, mediators across BC are marking Conflict Resolution Week. All over the province, people are talking about how mediation can provide real answers to the problems which trouble us at home, work or elsewhere.
I invite you to go to the Mediate BC website - www.mediatebc.com - and find out more about mediation. There’s even an easy tool to find a mediator near you who can help. Everyone experiences conflict. It doesn’t have to be expensive or time-consuming to fix it.