CoRe Reads 2018

Once again, CoRe is encouraging folks interested in conflict resolution to join us in  reading on conflict themes. This time, however, we are doing something a little different…

CoRe Reads is our riff on the well-known Canada Reads program, but with a collaborative difference! Three avid readers with a strong interest in conflict resolution will each choose a single book that they believe is ideal for group reading and reflection on its conflict themes. Each will make a very short video pitch about the reasons they have chosen their book.

They will meet with mediator Wendy Lakusta to reach a consensus recommendation from amongst the selected texts. We’ll be recording that collaborative discussion and posting it, too! Let’s see how conflict resolution professionals work to resolution. And then, let’s read together!

Each of our 3 Selectors makes a short pitch for their own selection of summer reading with strong conflict resolution themes. These 3 will have to choose amongst the options, but CoRe readers can, of course, choose to read them all!

The CoRe Reads Team

The Moderator/Mediator

Wendy Lakusta is an avid reader and skillful mediator and mediation mentor. If you missed her session on Mentoring through Co-Mediation, do check out the livestream recording. As well, CoRe Speaker Series subscribers will remember that Wendy was our first book club reader a few years ago, and led us in a  conflict reading of The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency.

The Selectors

Julie Daum

Julie DaumJulie is a Child ProtectHappinession Roster mediator, facilitator and conflict resolution coach and instructor from Fraser Lake. Julie was a mentor with the Child Protection Mediation Practicum, and currently focuses on developing culturally appropriate practices for working with First Nations families and communities. She is a member of the Wet’suwet’en First Nation and belongs to the Frog Clan. Julie’s choice for CoRe Reads is Happiness by Aminatta Forna. Julie Daum on Happiness

Aaron Leakey

BlindnessAaron is a Family 001_Aaron Final WEB_030915Justice Counsellor with the BC Ministry of Justice. He completed a MA in Theology at Regent College and is now completing an MA in Dispute Resolution at the University of Victoria (UVIC). At UVIC, Aaron completed a study on the design and implementation of dispute resolution systems in BC local governments. Aaron enjoys reading, public speaking, mindfulness, philosophy, travel, and most of all, the company of his two nephews Jackson and Jesse and his niece Aurora. Aaron’s choice for CoRe Reads is Blindness by José Saramago. Aaron Leakey on Blindness

Darsey Meredith

PersepolisDarsey has just joined the Board of Directors of CoRe after volunteering in other capacities with the organization for 8 years. In particular, Darsey has been our livestream coordinator for several years. Outside of her work with CoRe, Darsey is a writer with a BFA in Film Production. She has a special passion for exploring under-represented voices through literature, film and other media. Darsey’s choice for CoRe Reads is Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi. Darsey Meredith on Persepolis

Here is our choice!

We are very excited to hit the books! Join us!



Listen to our board members C.D. Saint and Amanda Semenoff discuss: 


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