I am an Aboriginal person, educated by the school of hard knocks who is driven by commitment, integrity and authenticity to ensure the success of all my work that I facilitate. With over twenty-five years of experience in the world of training, entrepreneurship, mediation, workplace learning/facilitation and coaching. My dynamic approach, skills, experience and ability successfully shifts individuals quickly into the space of authentic resolution and profound self-awareness.
I am a strong front-line leader with a win-win attitude. My rigorous commitment, discipline and reliability, combined with my dynamic and inclusive style of communication, have allowed me to work very successfully with diverse groups, their communities and organizations across Canada and the US.
My best and most powerful learning’s come from the non-traditional teachings I have acquired over the years. In addition, my life experiences, acute intuition and ability to deeply connect with people from different walks of life have served my clients well in getting to the root-causes in all the facilitations and mediations that I have conducted. I am consistently in touch with who I am, why I do what I do and why it matters. As one of my mentors once said to me: “if you are in the job of service you want to make sure you are doing your own work” – something I have been committed to for over 29 years.
I am the Founder and Senior Director of M. Thorpe & Associates Inc., a company committed to Conflict Resolution, Learning Circles and Coaching Services. I am acutely aware of the need for cultural sensitivity whenever disputes occur between members of different communities and organizations. In mediations/facilitations, I place true value on humanness, which allows all participants not only to be heard, but also to gain a deeper awareness of fairness, honesty and interpersonal responsibility. My work has involved working with victims and offenders, unions and management, human rights complainants, federal and provincial courts, hospital staff and management, teachers and students, family and Aboriginal community members; each case posing specific, and in some ways, unique challenges.
I am frequently invited as a special advisor and keynote speaker at various forum and national conferences. Some of the topics include Positive Lifestyle Choices, Embracing and Celebrating Diversity, Power and Freedom Through Story and Stress Management. One of my most exciting keynotes was the very first World Summit of Indigenous Entrepreneurs and the World Mediation Summit in Madrid, Spain.