Mediation Services was established in 1979 as a project of Mennonite Central Committee Manitoba in response to a concern both for people victimized by crime and for the high number of people being incarcerated in Canada.
We began developing a new process in 1983 to refer select pre-trial court cases to mediation. This eventually led to a youth mediation project and an increased number of referrals from the justice system.
In 1992, we amalgamated with the Community Dispute Centre to become Mediation Services: A Community Resource for Conflict Resolution, with funding from Mennonite Central Committee Manitoba.
Throughout our development, we relied on volunteers to facilitate mediations and made training and apprenticeship development a priority. We developed rigorous standards for our mediators and have maintained our grassroots approach to conflict resolution.
Today, we receive between 300 – 500 court referrals a year to our Restorative Action Centre and provide assistance to many groups, individuals and families through our Community Resolution Centre. Our training initiative Resolution Skills Centre has grown into a vibrant program recognized for its high-quality peacemaking and conflict resolution teachings locally, nationally and internationally.
We have made ourselves a leader in conflict resolution and are proud of the reputation our services and training have developed.