Third Party Neutral Program
"When I’m in conflict, I can go to the HR or go to the Court but that doesn’t fully resolve matters. Just the basic skill of a TPN enables me to confront the issue in a respectful way and engage people and addressing it is a really an important skill that we are losing here in Canada. Therefore, CICR brings values in how we can help people every-day, which they could appreciate or choose to ignore and proceed with very formal and costly processes."
"Being a Third Party Neutral (TPN) scholarship recipient is not only an honour and a blessing in many ways but it has been an invaluable gift that encourages and empowers me to be a real difference maker in whatever environment I find myself in. Today's highly competitive and conflictual environment needs more self-aware and conflict competent TPNs to facilitate dialogue and diplomacy near and far. The TPN framework highly complements both my experiential and educational background while further equipping me with the essential practical hands-on tools required to make a significant contribution for making a real positive change, which is exactly what I intend to do in whatever capacity including volunteering in the community. The potential and possibilities are endless when it comes to how this program aids in the above mentioned aspirations, notwithstanding personal and professional levels. It is programs like these that gives me so much hope that we as individuals and a collective can be better and can do better and this world can indeed be a better place."
"I am very glad to express my feelings of gratitude to CICR for granting me a scholarship so that I can participate in the complete training of the Third Party Neutral Dispute Resolution Program. One of a kind! Provided by experienced trainers, it is not necessary to explain all the theories because the many practical cases and role plays make it possible to assimilate the matter. It is also a golden opportunity to experience and understand conflict and its pathways of transformation across cultures with the help of participants from different and diverse backgrounds. The training was very useful for me because it provided me with practical tools in mediation techniques that will serve me in my personal development. I am fundamentally hopeful and deeply optimistic that all the laureates of this training are well equipped to bring their cornerstone in the construction of a peaceful world."
“My overall reflections were: for the most part really great people and really beneficial learning. The peace oriented approach is very kindhearted and a kin to my worldview and desire to help others help themselves.”
“Brilliant program, I have never in my student career encountered such an interactive course. I experienced great personal growth and broke through a lot of barriers I had created for myself.”
Around 1992, I began to volunteer at CICR, with others, to develop a course intended to bring a wide variety of community members together for conflict resolution training and relation building. Other members were Bob Birt, Bickie Hack, Elizabeth Chin and others.
We delivered the first workshop, Bob leading and us as participants as well as other community members. The workshop was one week in length. We then spent several evenings redesigning the course and presenting the revised course. TPN 1 was 1-week in duration at this time. From one of these workshops, at a community-facilitated session (brainstorming session) during the last day, a youth said “wouldn’t it be great to train police and kids together” thus sprung the “Cops & Kids Training” program.
To assist me in selling this idea to the police, a strategic meeting was held at CICR, which was facilitated by Bob Birt. The persons in attendance were the Chief of Police, Judge, Crown Attorney, High School Principal and a Municipal Councilor. At this time we proposed a new concept of Police Recruit Training to include conflict resolution training with youth from the community (Cops & Kids). With assistance from CICR the course was designed and delivered. However, there was no budget for such a program and John Kelly, of Kelly Funeral Homes, agreed to provide the funding for the first course of “Cops & Kids”. The outcome of the original course was evaluated and endorsed by Chief Ford as a requirement for all new recruits.
In total, during the next few years, approximately 400 police recruits and community youth were trained together in this workshop. It is interesting to note that this same course was delivered in 1995 to Chief Ford, 9 of his executive officers and 10 community leaders. The rational for this course was the amalgamation of the police services in Ottawa Carleton and thus the need for team building, trust development, etc. between the police and between the police and community.
Unfortunately the program was dropped (lack of funding and a focus on tactical response instead). However, the relationships that were developed have been very fruitful, such as the partnership with the Somalian community that continues to thrive today.