Tell us about your partnerships
The primary partnership for this program is between Nelson Good Neighbour and the Mir Centre for Peace at Selkirk College. The two programs have collaborated extensively on referrals, training, and program logistics. Nelson Good Neighbour has also partnered with the Nelson Police Department to act as a referral agent for disputes that are appropriate for mediation. For mentoring purposes, the community mediation program has developed a relationship with the Community Mediation Calgary Society who have been in operation since 1993 and offer invaluable feedback on the program.
Are you currently targeting other specific populations, locations, or markets for your solution? If so, where and why?
Community mediation is a model that can be exported throughout the region. The services provided by the Mir Centre for Peace and the Nelson Good Neighbour Program only cover a small area of the West Kootenay region. The Village of Nakusp has expressed a keen interest in establishing a similar program within their community and would be a good candidate for further expansion due to their enthusiasm.
What type of operating environment and internal organizational factors make your innovation successful?
The Nelson Good Neighbour Program is comprised of 15 volunteers. The professional skill sets within the group include individuals with experience in communications, project management, non-profit operations, finance, and mediation. The commitment and expertise of these volunteers will help ensure that the milestones of the program will be achieved.
The Mir Centre for Peace is comprised of one staff member and 6 volunteers. Like the Nelson Good Neighbour Program, the volunteers came with a wide array of professional backgrounds, such as teaching, counseling, and social work.
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