Community Mediation Calgary Society
CMCS was formed in 1993 as the brainchild of five newly trained mediators who wanted to gain experience mediating community-based disputes. They also wanted to introduce community mediation as a suitable alternative for resolving disputes. A core belief of CMCS is that people need access to problem-solving methods of dispute resolution that focus on restoring and building relationships among individuals and community groups. CMCS mediators use an interest-based problem-solving approach to mediation. This approach clearly defines the problems requiring a solution and then uncovers, for participants, what is important to them and why. The goal of interest-based mediation is to increase the understanding between participants and have them create a mutually agreeable resolution.