Sectors of Practice
Through her company True Dialogue, Gayle provides mediation services for Family Law and Child Intervention Services, public or client grievances, workplace or student conflicts, or misconduct incidents. For 20 years, she has provided training to social workers in collaborative decision-making processes (family group conferencing, peacemaking, safety, or permanency planning circles). She currently serves as the Deputy Chair for Elia, www.elia.ngo.
A citizen of the Metis Nation of Alberta, Gayle focuses on restorative mediation to advance the process of healing and reconciliation. Facilitating restorative dialogues and circles to restore or build climates of respect as a violence prevention strategy or to address incidents of hurtful/harmful behavior.
Gayle has been an instructor for the International Institute for Restorative Practices since 2008 www.iirp.edu, focused on training K-12 and Post-Secondary training, and whole-system change.
She’s available to Work in…
- Central Alberta
ADR Training & Qualifications
Qualified Mediator, ADR Institute of Canada. Received Interest-Based Family Mediation Training from Alberta Justice & Solicitor General, Resolution Services; and Native Counselling Services of Alberta, Peacemaking Mediation Certificate Training. Licensed trainer for the International Institute for Restorative Practices (IIRP) - provide training in Developing a Restorative Practice Framework, Using Circles Effectively, Family Group Conferencing and Restorative Conferencing. Trained traditionally by Cree Elders in Understanding Restorative Practices "Wahkohtowin", which is a universal philosophical concept applicable in any setting, offering a culturally competent approach in dispute resolution.
Other Professional Qualifications
Master of Arts in Leadership & Training, Royal Roads University. Completed a narrative inquiry research project sponsored by North Central Alberta Child & Family Services, Human Services, to design a Family Group Conference (FGC) model. Model is endorsed by Blue Quills First Nations College Social Work Program, ALIGN Association of Community Services, IIRP Canada, and is published by the Center of Excellence for Child Welfare, in a book entitled "Putting a Human Face on Child Welfare". www.cecw-cepb.ca; 14 minute Education video can be obtained by going to www.ncsa.ca.