Meredith Egan and Marc Forget together bring eighteen years’ experience facilitating workshops in community building, peacemaking, constructive conflict resolution and personal development. MEREDITH’S BIO Meredith Egan facilitates group processes in a variety of settings, encouraging a range of experiences designed to stimulate questioning, discussion and change. She currently works part-time as Coordinator of the Centre for Restorative Justice at Simon Fraser University. As well, Meredith has served as an active member of the Canadian Friends' Service Committee, serving the Quaker Committee on Jails and Justice. Since 1992, Meredith has facilitated with the Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) in prisons, schools and the community. For many years she served as National Clerk (Chair) for AVP-Canada. Meredith is an experienced circlekeeper, trained in Peacemaking Circles and other circle experiences, and has trained as a Victim Offender Mediator. She works with individuals and groups, helping them to have difficult conversations. She has taught in a variety of settings, including at Simon Fraser University (School of Criminology) and the University of Alberta (Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences). Meredith writes both academic and creative pieces, usually focussing on areas of justice, theology and education. She has spoken at a variety of conferences and academic and public education events. Meredith is honoured to be mothering and learning from four very active and engaged school-aged children. She has been honoured to learn a great deal from many Aboriginal Elders she knows. She is an active volunteer in her community, and has served on a variety of Boards and Working Groups for the District of Mission and non-profit societies. She is currently on the board of the Mission City Farmer’s Market and the Central Valley Academy of Music. In 1996 she was certified "cool" by a group of teens in one of her workshops, perhaps her finest accomplishment. MARC’S BIO Marc Forget is an educator and facilitator who specializes in transformative learning processes. He facilitates participatory workshops in effective communication, peacemaking, violence prevention and conflict resolution, in human rights education, as well as in the use of the participatory/transformative methodology. Marc is trained as a circle keeper, as a mediator in both community mediation and Victim Offender Mediation, and he trained under Marshall Rosenberg in Non-Violent Communication. An important part of Marc’s work over the past ten years has been in the field of restorative justice, working nationally and internationally on research and education initiatives, and at the local level with communities establishing restorative alternatives to the current retributive system. Marc develops and facilitates trainings and strategic planning sessions for corporations and other organizations. He has coordinated Canadian Friends Service Committee’s criminal justice program for 9 years, for the past 6 years has facilitated the International Human Rights Training Program (for the Canadian Human Rights Foundation), and was a delegate to the past two UN Crime Congresses (Vienna 2000 and Bangkok 2005). Marc also regularly works in a training and consulting capacity with organizations ranging from small community projects to large international development agencies. Marc devotes part of his life to volunteering with projects such as training Alternatives to Violence Project facilitators around the world, conducting workshops on topics such as reconciliation and healing from racism (notably in post-war Nicaragua and post-apartheid South Africa), and mediating conflicts. He has had extensive experience facilitating group processes with Aboriginal peoples on three continents. He is fluent in English, French and Spanish, and has a working knowledge of Portuguese. A published author (see “what we write” section), Marc regularly speaks at universities, symposia and congresses around the world.
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