New Center is being organized for mediation and community dialogue

Posted: Wednesday, December 12, 2001

The Center for Mediation and Community Dialogue (CMCD) is a newly formed non-profit organization based on the Kenai Peninsula. According to Heidi Chay, one of the founders of the new group, many people from Kenai, Soldotna, and Homer have been working on the new project during the past year, "The idea is to create safe forums, lots of learning opportunities, and skills for resolving conflict constructively and expressing differences constructively," said Chay.

The organization hopes to develop a pool of trained mediators and facilitators to provide a variety of conflict resolution services in a range of settings.


Heidi Chay discusses community learning opportunities for conflict resolution with Bill Popp.

The CMCD hosted a community dialogue in September at River City Books in Soldotna and have plans for developing mediation pilot programs in collaboration with community partners. Coming up January 21-25, the CMCD has scheduled a five-day intensive course on mediation, which will be applicable to family, school, workplace, and other community settings. Following that, January 28-30, they will be offering a 3-day advanced course on environmental, public policy, and community disputes.

Registration for the courses has to be made prior to December 15th. "The trainers for this course are coming from Boulder Colorado. They are from CDR Associates, a nationally recognized training firm, and have been very well received when they have come to Alaska in the past. They are top of the trainers," added Chay. For further details contact Heidi Chay at 283-9227.

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