St. Stephen's Community House

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The Neighbourhood Group Neighbourhoods Working Together

Our Facilitators

Our experienced associates are from a wide variety of cultural backgrounds and speak multiple languages. They are a variety of ages, have different sexual orientations and identities, and come from many different professional backgrounds. This way we can offer you the best fit for your organization. 

Lyn Adamson

Lyn Adamson has been a mediator since 1985 working in a variety of settings including non-profit organizations, hostel and housing organizations, college and government settings. Modes of work include group facilitation, team-building and communication training for both front-line staff and managers, and multi-party and one-on-one mediation. Lyn is the past Coordinator of Training & Organization Services for our Conflict Resolution & Training team. She brings her experience as a board member, and staff member for numerous non-profit organizations to this work. Lyn is very experienced in guiding difficult conversations that help people heal from challenging conflicts. 

Peter Bruer

Peter Bruer spent the early part of his career in community advocacy work, international development and the tenants' movement in Toronto. He first trained as a mediator in 1992, and in 1996 he was hired by Conflict Resolution & Training St. Stephen’s Community House, already well-known for its community mediation and professional dispute resolution and training services. As Manager of the program, he has worked with a wide range of non-profit, private sector and government clients, and done dozens of community and professional mediations and workshops. He has spoken at conferences in Canada, the United States, Indonesia and in Latin America, and published in a variety of journals and other media.

Kaydeen Bankasingh

Kaydeen Bankasingh is a grassroots community facilitator, organizer and coordinator. For over ten years she has worked to facilitate group process dynamics and develop equitable relationships between residents, agencies and other partners. As an adult and popular educator, Kaydeen works with marginalized populations including youth and newcomers to build their capacity to be effective leaders and change makers in their communities. Kaydeen is a new associate with our team. 

John Becker

John is a Qualified Mediator with the ADR Institute, and is on the rosters of several organizations.  Dedicated to transformative, value-based practices, he specializes in conflicts arising from addictions. Durable and holistic resolutions usually require the participation of family and community, and John often uses peacekeeping circles. He works regularly with high-risk youth, including teens in the justice system, and with marginalized groups. A musician in his youth, he has a master’s degree in ethnomusicology, and now frequently incorporates creative expression into his work. He is an accomplished writer, speaker, and workshop facilitator. He received his initial mediation training at Conrad Grebel College of the University of Waterloo.

Fiona Connelly

Fiona Connelly is an educator, mediator and trainer with an extensive background in international development and social justice. She has an M.Ed from OISE/UofT where she focused on adult education, women’s studies and community development. She also taught in George Brown’s community worker program. She completed St. Stephen’s intensive interpersonal mediation training in 2013, and then finished an internship in training and organizational services. She specializes in workplace and community mediation. Her commitment to social justice, equity and diversity motivates her interest in helping social justice organizations and activists resolve conflicts and work with greater clarity and unity. 

Nicole Constant

Nicole Constant has practiced successfully as a mediator and certified trainer since the early 1980’s with St. Stephen’s Community House and other organizations. Her broad experience encompasses work-site disputes, the civil and criminal justice systems, family mediation, building school programs for dispute resolution, providing university coaching and training, multi-party disputes, and work with disadvantaged populations that need her expertise in power relations and complex perspectives.  She works in English, French and Spanish.

Shawn Conway

Shawn has been a mediator and associate trainer with us for over fifteen years. Shawn is by instinct and many years of experience a bridge builder and a facilitator of community development projects. As a non-profit senior manager and executive director Shawn has also collaborated in public-private partnerships that have enabled people to mobilize for change in their neighbourhoods.

Larissa Crawford

Larissa is a 23-year-old woman of mixed Jamaican-Métis ancestry and mother to a two-year-old daughter, Zyra. She graduated June 2018 from York University with a double major bachelor of International Development and Communications Studies, Summa Cum Laude, and now uses her experience in anti-racism and Indigenous research in roles as an Indigenous Policy Advisor intern to the Ontario Government; an Anti-Racism Advisory Panel member of the Toronto Police Services; and as an Associate Trainer specializing in Anti-Racism training at St. Stephen’s Community House. She is leading York University’s anti-racism policy and race-based data collection project, and regularly presents her anti-racism research across Canada. Larissa is a member of Indigenous legal diversion programs in the Ontario justice system, and serves as the G7 Youth Head Delegate of Canada, contributing and speaking on to policy making around the globe. As a professional public speaker, Larissa also speaks to diverse audiences on education, activism, Indigenous allyship, youth engagement, and overcoming poverty, sexual violence, and racism.

Igho Diana

Igho Diana is a spoken word artist, community educator, youth trainer and mediator. She comes with a wealth of experience in facilitation; working with different community organizations, including VIBE Arts, as well as, on a series with the TDSB--bridging her passion for art and social justice. She is also the founder of Ebony Girls Obsession (EGO), a wellness focused consultancy aimed at empowering Black women into action and creating space for women to practice self-care in sisterhood. Currently, Igho is working towards a degree in Community Development at Humber College.

Catherine Feldman Axford

Catherine Feldman Axford has been a community mediator since 1996. She has experience in many areas, including mediating neighbour disputes, intercultural situations, landlord and tenant disagreements, employer/employee matters and familial concerns.  She has been involved in resolving Community, Private Information Court, Office of the Independent Police Review Director and Victim Offender Reconciliation matters. Disputes have ranged from one to one, through to group processes.  Catherine has been involved in community development within the context of social housing, working interculturally, across generations, and with socially devalued populations.  She has presented to and trained a variety of groups including youth, post-secondary students, law enforcement, tenants, and City Councillors. Currently she coordinates the Community Mediation Program at St. Stephen’s. Catherine holds a degree in Dance Movement Therapy, and has explored many avenues to alternative communication, ensuring that even the quietest voice is heard.

Claire Huang Kinsley

Claire Huang Kinsley has been a mediator with St Stephen's since 2003. She has helped resolve conflicts in a wide variety of workplace, community and family settings, and has trained hundreds of people in mediation or other conflict resolution skills. Claire is particularly interested in how interpersonal conflict resolution relates to issues of social justice, feminism, cultural diversity and anti-oppression work, and specifically in how this relationship plays itself out in the messy world of real life; having been a front-line worker in human services for over twenty years, she knows that theory is no substitute for practice when tempers start to flare! Claire also works at the Parkdale Community Information Centre and teaches Wen-Do Women's Self Defence.

Claudia Jinich-Aronowich

Claudia is a Certified Professional Coach, Mediator and Trainer. She is an engaging, multilingual, strategic thinker who, prior to becoming a coach and mediator, spent more than 20 years working as an effective leader and consensus builder in the health and non-for-profit sectors. Today, as a coach, mediator and trainer, Claudia uses compassion, insight and straightforward communication to support her clients through change and transition.

Natalie Johnson

High energy and outcome focused, Natalie has over 15 years of experience working in the non-profit sector coaching, leading and inspiring teams.  She is an avid traveler who incorporates strategies and examples from various cultures in her training.  Using her creativity to develop training that is inclusive of various learning styles and reflective of multigenerational audiences, Natalie encourages diverse perspectives in the design and delivery of her trainings.  She excels at working with diverse teams, conflict coaching, mediation training, developing multi-layered approaches to conflict resolution for organizations, and exploring the dynamics of anti-oppression, power and privilege in the workplace.  

Shaaron Jones-Crawford

Shaaron Jones-Crawford is an internationally trained and experienced Barrister with specialized expertise in Mediation, Arbitration and Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR). Shaaron holds an LL.B and an LLM. She was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 1989 and is a member of The Honorable Society of Lincoln’s Inn in London, England. Over time, Shaaron expanded her knowledge and professional capacity with legal education, training, and facilitation in Alternative Dispute Resolution. Shaaron mediates all civil law matters such as torts, personal injury, employment, real property, corporate, and legal wills/trusts. Additionally, she mediates in community, restorative justice and deferment in criminal cases. Shaaron is on mediation rosters for Canada, including ADRIO (ADR Institute-Ontario) and ADRIC (ADR Institute-Canada); the United Kingdom (Prime Dispute); and multiple Supreme Court rosters in the Caribbean.

Sharad Kerur

Sharad Kerur is a qualified mediator (Q.Med) and trainer in mediation practices, conflict management and difficult conversations. He has been professionally trained by York University, St. Stephens Conflict & Training and the Harvard Law School. Sharad is also a Certified Workplace Fairness Analyst accredited by the Workplace Fairness Institute of Canada and holds a Master of Industrial Relations from Queens University. Currently he is the CEO and founder of Resolution Pathways, an organization specializing in assisting people and organizations to resolve conflicts and also serves on the mediation and training rosters for St. Stephens.

Mike MacConnell

Mike MacConnell is an accredited family and community mediator, educator and the author of The Yoga of Divorce: A Mindful Route to Resolving Disputes. After graduating with a degree in World Religions Mike taught for ten years before founding a private high school (SOLA), which he co-operated from 1989-2010. In 2014 he entered private practice as a Family Mediator serving youth, couples and the elderly. His teaching career is now devoted to conflict resolution programs in GTA high schools and post-secondary institutions. He works for St. Stephen’s Community House Toronto as a conflict resolution trainer, coach and mediator. B.A. (Hons), B.Ed., OCT , Acc.FM, Q.Med. AccEM

Martina Paloheimo

Martina brings over seven years of international and Canadian experience with specialized knowledge in conflict resolution, peacebuilding, complex multi-party negotiation, restorative justice and indigenous peoples rights. As a Mediator and Circle Keeper she brings a unique and highly diverse set of experiences with a focus on cross cultural settings and negotiations, power rebalancing, consensus building, conflict coaching, and conflict transformation in communities and the workplace. Martina is a PhD candidate with the United Nations University for Peace in Costa Rica. She has completed her Masters of Philosophy in International Peace Studies from Trinity College and has obtained her Advanced Dispute resolution training from York University, and the GlenCree Centre for Peace and Reconciliation. Martina is fluent in English, Portuguese, Spanish and is working on her Haitian Creole. 

Robert Pidgeon

Robert Pidgeon is a conflict management professional providing third party neutral services and training to a wide variety of organizations. He is fundamentally committed to the goal of helping individuals and organizations deal with conflict in a constructive manner. Robert holds a Master's degree in conflict management and is an associate faculty member in the graduate program for conflict analysis and management at Royal Roads University. Robert has over 20 years experience working successfully with individuals, groups, and organizations in the areas of facilitation, team leadership, and conflict management.

Larry Robbins

Larry Robbins has been working in the labour relations field for over 40 years on behalf of unions. He has a wealth of experience in arbitration and collective bargaining, and has successfully mediated many workplace disputes in that regard. In 2002, he obtained his Certificate in Dispute Resolution from York University, and then did his internship in workplace and organizational mediation with St. Stephens over the next two years. Since then he has mediated many cases for St. Stephens both on the community mediation and workplace/organizational side. He has more recently begun doing investigations for St. Stephens as well. Larry brings his years of union experience and his St. Stephens experience together in working to defuse and resolve conflicts.

Suzanne Sherkin

Suzanne Sherkin, Q. Med, is President of Highborn Communications, a Qualified Mediator, Certified Trainer in Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), and experienced Conflict Coach. She has been working with teams and leaders in the areas of Effective Communication and Conflict Resolution for more than 25 years, helping organizations become more productive, collaborative and harmonious.  She rides a Harley to stay in touch with mindful, expressive living.