Dear ADRIO Members,
When I was working as the Program Director of Cecil Community Centre in downtown Toronto many years ago, I took the one-week community conflict resolution and training at St. Stephen’s Community House and learned a great deal. Little did I know back then that I would one day be working in a position within the professional field of ADR.
Dispute happens in all aspects of life and affects the mental health and overall well-being of those involved. Among many other factors, dispute resolution is critical to building and maintaining healthy communities. Therefore, I am thrilled to have been given the opportunity to lead ADRIO as the new Executive Director, to contribute towards the important role of supporting ADR professionals, and increasing awareness and use of ADR across Ontario.
Having recently returned to Toronto from living in Saskatoon for 8 years, I am keen to provide value to ADRIO’s membership by bringing the experience, knowledge and skills I have gained from senior leadership positions in various non-profit and charitable organizations.
I look forward to meeting all ADRIO members in the days, weeks and months ahead. In particular, I would love to hear your ideas on trends in the ADR professional field, professional development, and opportunities for marketing and business development.
If you have yet to do so, remember to register for the ADRIO’s 34th AGM and Conference, coming up on June 6. An incredible showcase of professional development workshops has been lined up to illuminate, challenge and refine the definition of Appropriate Dispute Resolution in the new millennium.
Judy Shum B.A., M.P.A.
ADR Institute of Ontario