Michael is honoured to be working as a volunteer with the Society for a number of years and looks forward to continuing that work as a member of the Lumara Board.
As with most people, grief has touched his life in myriad ways. Michael believes that each way has served him as a lesson for becoming more deeply conscious of the connections in his life and who he is becoming as a result of those relationships. He enthusiastically joins the Lumara Board, an organization which is committed to focusing its concerted attention on continuing to create and discover ways to compassionately support all people grieving the passing of loved ones.
Over the years, Michael has served on several non-profit boards in many capacities and is presently serving as president of his strata council. He has also worked with several boards as a consultant and a facilitator.
Professionally he is a mediation/facilitation practitioner as well as a mediation/conflict resolution educator in private practice and a leadership coach (EQ Coaching™) working with Indigenous leaders and other leaders in the public and private sector (union and management). His focus is often working with organizations and individuals during significant times of change and evolution.
Beginning in 1999, he began working with mediators and negotiators in the Middle East presenting mediation and negotiation programs to Arab and Jewish Israelis and Palestinians who remain committed to building a lasting peace in that region even in the darkest of times. Those working relationships continue today. For Michael and his colleagues, this work is “bridge-building” constructive, long term relationships, evolved from mutual understanding founded upon clarity and genuine, resolute human engagement.