With over 25 years experience as a lawyer and judge, Christine is intimately acquainted with the capacities and limitations of the formal legal system to resolve disputes. For 15 years she served as a Judge of the Provincial Court of Manitoba and also served as a Deputy Judge for the Yukon Territory.
Christine has been interested in mediation since her very early days as a private bar family lawyer in Dauphin. She completed a month-long certificate program in conflict resolution through Mediation Services in Winnipeg and went on to use the skills developed there throughout her career.
She worked in the Family Law Branch as primary counsel to the Maintenance Enforcement Program, then with Justice Canada on the Indian Residential Schools file before being appointed to the Provincial Court of Manitoba.
As a Manitoba judge Christine sat throughout the province and served as President of the Provincial Judges Association of Manitoba as well as a Director of the Canadian Association of Provincial Court Judges and as their national Ethics Chair. She was a key figure in the creation of a national ethics advisory council for judges and presented on the topic of judicial ethics at several conferences.
As a dedicated community volunteer Christine has worked with student groups on mock crimes/trials and directed youth theatre for many years. As a parent of two now adult daughters she also served on many boards and committees to support their interests.
Christine has been fascinated, through the years, with who gets to tell the story, and how. With mediation she sees an opportunity for people who are in conflict to maintain control of their dispute and work at creating meaningful progress together.
Jean-Louis is a well-known educator and administrator. He has taught a wide variety of courses for the University of Manitoba, Red River College and Assiniboine Community College.
From 2010 to 2019 he took his administrative skills and passion for literature to the library world where he was the Director of the Parkland Regional Library. During his time with the library the regional system grew to 23 branch locations and he worked effectively with 21 municipal governments. In 2020 he was recognized for Distinguished Service to the Library Community by the Manitoba Library Association for his work expanding programming and community engagement at the Dauphin Public Library.
JL is a dedicated community person and has worked with Dauphin Neighbourhood Renewal (Board Chair), Dauphin Culture Days (community organizer), 4H Club (Club Leader) and Dauphin Rotary (Assistant District Governor, Book Sale Coordinator).