Community Mediation Ottawa
In 2009, CICR took over the community mediation program (CMO) from the YMCA-YWCA. Its goal is to offer free intervention services (mediation or facilitation) in Ottawa to families and organizations that do not have the financial needs to help resolve their conflicts and that are at an impasse in their communication.
Since then, we have encouraged members of the conflict resolution community and our graduates to share and give back some of their knowledge. It has been a success! In 2011, a partnership was built with the Catholic Centre for Immigrants of Ottawa. Since its launch, CMO has trained over 70 people in mediation and provided workshops on conflict resolution to over 300 people. We have mediated for community and co-op housing, neighbours, boards and steering committees, small business and domestic conflicts.
In August 2013, Jan Michaels became the new Program Coordinator. Prior to joining CMO, she was an executive in the federal public service where her last position was as Senior Director of Labour Standards and Workplace Equity in the Labour Program. As a result of some of this work, in 2013 she received a Canadian Human Rights Commission Award as a “Human Rights Leader for an Outstanding Contribution”.
If you want to learn more about the program, please click here.