symonds mediation associates 

VOLUNTEER WORK

Awards, Publications, Memberships

  •  Zen meditation instructor 2009 to 2016, and Sufi meditation instructor 2016 to present

  • Power of Hope: facilitator 2009

  • Frontline and Courtenay Aboriginal  Visioning Group

  • Father Involvement Network, Courtenay, May 2007

  • Facilitator at Community Justice Center, Courtenay, since 2005

  • Volunteer at Calgary Young Offenders  Correctional Center July and August 2002

  • Teacher at Elder College Courtenay, BC Oct to Dec 2002 “Whole Brain Learning”

  • Volunteer at St. Joseph’s Hospital (Comox) 2001

CURRENTLY

  • Provides mediation support to ongoing case files at the Ministry of Child and Family Development, referrals from the Canadian Forces Comox Military Family Resource Centre, Comox Valley RCMP and local family centered organizations such as the Boys and Girls Club and local schools;

  • Defuses high risk situations that often have involved police intervention, drugs, alcohol, and forms of family violence that range from verbal to physical aggression

  • Links up high risk clients with therapists and community support structures

  • Designs long term programs that allow families to access and achieve healthy lifestyles

  • Private Mediation work

Adrian Symonds has spent the past fifteen years providing conflict resolution to families in the Comox Valley.

The Ministry of Children and Family Development (Courtenay) view his services to be an essential component in the mediation of family issues that do not involve child protection issues.

He is a last resort mediator for counselors at local middle and high schools, and family organizations. 

He is a senior facilitator at Comox Valley Community Justice, an organization that respects his deep commitment to restorative justice.  
The ability to function calmly in a high stress environment, to innovate, to relate intimately with people and to be clear are admirable qualities that serve him well as a mediator in the Comox Valley. 

Taxi driver, longshoreman, pharmaceutical representative, artist, registered massage therapist, three child father, ergonomics consultant, stress management consultant to major Canadian corporations, house painter, new and used car salesperson, mediator, martial arts teacher, meditation teacher, gardener…to whom
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  •  ‘Mediation Works’, Parenting Teens, Autumn 2007

  • 10 year gold achievement Community Justice

  • Member of Family Mediation Canada 2008 to 2009

  • Reading Movement: whole brain learning through movement, voice and music copyright 2002

  • ‘’The cost effectiveness of an ergonomic change: the modified tote box system’ in the Journal of Soft Tissue Manipulation December 1993/January 1994

  • ‘Massage therapist takes the pain out of work’ in Working World, Toronto Star 1987

  • Massage therapist helps keep Mid-Point team in shape’ in Magna People, December 1986

  • Comox Valley Zen Meditation blog at http://comoxvalleyzenchan.blogspot.com/

  • Comox Valley Parent/Teen blog at http://parentandteenmediation.blogspot.com/

  • Comox Valley Sufi Working Group blog at

     https://comoxvalleymeditationworkgroup.com/


ADDITIONAL TRAINING


Most recent are:


  • Trauma-Informed Restorative Justice 

  • Peacemaker Training with Sheikh Ghassan Manasra through the auspices of the Abrahamic Reunion

  • Arbitration Part 1 and Part 11 Certificate





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