We at the Kennedy Institute Workplace Mediation Research Group are incredibly proud to be able to announce this remarkable achievement by one of our founding members, Margaret Bouchier. 

Margaret Bouchier presenting at the Elder Mediation World Summit in Linz, Austria in April 2016
Margaret Bouchier presenting at the Elder Mediation World Summit in Linz, Austria in April 2016

The Elder Mediation International Network

The contribution of Margaret Bouchier to the global development of Elder Mediation was honoured by the Elder Mediation International Network (EMIN) at the Elder Mediation World Summit in Linz, Austria in  April 2016 when Margaret was awarded the EMIN 2016 Sherren Award for her contribution to Elder Mediation.

 

As Chair of the EMIN Ethics Committee, Margaret has led an international team in conducting a world wide review of the EMIN Code of Ethics, drawing on the knowledge and experience of elder mediators, specialists and organisations working with issues of ageing.  The considered approach of this Committee in honouring all voices while maintaining a clear focus on the special roles and needs that are unique to Elder Mediation, reflects the very values that the Code seeks to instill.

About the Sherren Award

The Sherren Award is an opportunity to recognise and celebrate leading, talented Elder Mediators and advocates of Elder Mediation who are exceptional and consistent in exemplifying the sensitivities of Elder Mediation in all their interactions.

Mrs. Bonnie Sherren (1914 – 2012), a retired businesswoman from Prince Edward Island, was very supportive of the pioneering Elder Mediation work done in Canada and wanted to recognise Elder Mediators who were making a difference for families and those assisting with age-related issues – not only in Prince Edward Island and in Canada but throughout the world.  Mrs. Sherren spent many years caregiving to her husband and understood the complexities that confront families both internally and externally with the systems that provide care and services to them.

Mrs Sherrin honored the Network by supporting this prestigious, annual award inviting EMIN to highlight an altruistic mediator or advocate of Elder Mediation who exemplifies professionalism, passion, consistency and action.

Past recipients of the Sherren Award include: Colleen Currie, 2008; Judy McCann-Beranger, 2009; Elizabeth Strong Reagh, 2010; The Mediators’ Institute of Ireland, 2011; The Bern University of Applied Science, 2012; Patricia Mutch, 2012; Dale Bagshaw, 2013; The Champlain Community Care Access Centre Respite and Relief Program, Ontario, 2012 (Special Projects Recognition): and Greg Beranger, 2014.

See: http://elder-mediation-international.net/

 

From the Mediators Institute of Ireland:

“In recognition of  important contribution of Margaret (Mags) Bouchier to the global development of Elder Mediation was honoured by the Elder Mediation International Network (EMIN) at the Elder Mediation World Summit in Linz, Austria last week when Margaret was presented with the The Sherren Award for her contribution to Elder Mediation.  As Chair of the Ethics Committee, Margaret led an international team in conducting a review of the EMIN Code of Ethics drawing on the knowledge and experience of elder mediators, specialists and organisations working with ageing.  Margaret’s highly professional, thorough and thoughtful approach to the work of the Ethics Committee reflects the very values that the Code seeks to instill.

A big congratulations to Margaret and well deserved!”

Margaret (Left), Presenting the award Helen Harnett - Chair of EMIN (Centre), and Judy McCann Beranger -Founder of EMIN (Right)
Margaret (Left), Presenting the award Helen Harnett – Chair of EMIN (Centre), and Judy McCann Beranger -Founder of EMIN (Right)