Mediation is a process that belongs to you
I have always sought to get involved in the community, and to integrate environments that take me just enough out of my comfort zone. For example, just before getting involved with equijustice, I was a volunteer at the Baladeur René in Longueuil, where I was secretary of the board of directors. At the same time, I was involved in the Maison de Jonathan where I led artistic workshops. Volunteering, for me, is a way to participate in projects that are close to my heart. The organizations that have welcomed me as a volunteer all have, in my opinion, fundamental missions in today's society. Working in the field of dispute prevention and resolution, conflicts and human relations fascinate me. So when I discovered that volunteer mediators were needed at Équijustice, I felt more challenged than ever. Today, when a request for citizen mediation falls into my hands, my background gives me all the resources and confidence necessary to support citizens who wish to use tools to improve a difficult situation they .they live with another person. Then I must say that the citizens themselves teach me a lot, in turn, and without even wanting to. Two other factors that contribute enormously to my learning are working in a team with other volunteer mediators. Then, the support offered to us by Équijustice workers before, after, during our meetings with citizens. In closing, I would say to those who hesitate to use citizen mediation that one call, one question, ten questions, one meeting, three meetings are not binding. This is a process that belongs to you and you are always free to end it. The worst that can happen is that you learn something. Happy Volunteer Week!