Acknowledgements: Shirley ParéShirley Paré
This work is the culmination of my practical inauguration into training as an intervention. Through the lens of protest crowds and security I came to fully appreciate the power and efficiency of community-based conflict resolution and experiential learning. The journey has been gratifying and spiritually rewarding.
First and foremost I acknowledge my mentor, colleague and friend Vern Neufeld Redekop and his seemingly effortless talents and ability to conduct this project. I admire his eternal optimism and am grateful for his positive support. Vern developed the model of identity based conflict, thus providing a foundation and common language for people in conflict to discuss emotional issues. Additionally, he truly believes in the principles of community based conflict resolution and is skilled in applying those principles in any situation.
Secondly, I must acknowledge the participants in our training sessions. They came with hopes for a better future and participated from the heart. From our wonderful participants we were able to develop an intervention for Ottawa at the time and a model for the future. I am enriched by their presence and participation.
Thirdly, I am grateful for the participation of the members of the Advisory Council chaired by Vern and coordinated by myself. Initial members included Daniel Clapin, Saint Paul University (SPU), Julie Graham (then of Canadian Police Research Centre), Peter Henschel (Royal Canadian Mounted Police), Raymond L’Aprée (then of SPU), Gary Nelson (then of Ottawa Police), and Jean Robichaud (then of Med Eng Systems) later Peter Atak (activist), Trish Blackstaffe (unionist) and Leonard Stern (journalist) joined the Council.
Management, academic and administrative staff at Saint Paul University went out of their way to support the project. They were most cooperative and helpful. I am grateful for their support.
Finally, there is a myriad of people who contributed selflessly to the project. Most importantly, I am indebted to my husband Michael for his technical and personal support.