Mesa County Peacemakers offer free seminar on conflict resolution Oct. 5 |

Mesa County Peacemakers offer free seminar on conflict resolution Oct. 5

Sharon Sullivan


WHAT: “Strategies for a Peaceful Life,” a seminar on conflict resolution

WHEN: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sat., Oct. 5,

WHERE: Goodwill Community Room, 630 24 1/2 Road

COST: Free

INFO: or 970-210-2339

Resolving conflicts with neighbors, dealing with workplace bullying, talking to teens about problems, navigating difficult conversations — these are just a few of the topics that will be covered at a free seminar Saturday, Oct. 5, sponsored by the Mesa County Peacemakers in collaboration with the Association of Conflict Resolution.

Mesa County Peacemakers are a group of local mediators who formed to promote Conflict Resolution Month in Mesa County.

The month was designated as such in 2007 by the Colorado governor for the purpose of raising public awareness about the benefits of conflict resolution and to promote peacemaking in schools, workplaces, businesses, the community, and government and legal systems.

The Oct. 5 seminar is from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Goodwill Community Room, 630 24 1/2 Road. The event includes lunch provided by Pizza Hut, door prizes and certificates of attendance.

Core Peacemakers include Barbara Lucks, a mediator who specializes in homeowner association issues, retired educator Kathy Collier, educator Jeanne Berryman and Annette Ferriole of Christian Peacemaking Resource.

“Part of our mission (for the free seminar)is to (help people) find practical tools for resolving conflicts,” Ferriole said. “And connect with local resources and promote conflict resolution mediation in Mesa County.”

Following opening remarks by Mesa County Commissioner Rose Pugliese, morning presenters will cover the above-mentioned topics, as well as the dynamics and roots of conflict.

During the afternoon session, Lucks, a certified aromatherapist, will explain how she uses three essential oils to promote peace within herself and others, Ferriole said.

Sherry Cole of Grand Valley Peace and Justice will give a 30-minute presentation titled “Love is always the answer to the pain of exclusion.”

“Mediation saves a lot on attorney fees,” said Laurel Jones of the former Mediation Center of Mesa County.

Jones taught communication skills there and helped people resolve various disputes until the center was defunded in 2011. Conflicts ranged from divorce, co-parenting disagreements to disputes with neighbors regarding irrigation ditch sharing, she said.

A number of mediators continue to volunteer their services in court cases and other situations.

The center provided mediation sessions for county sheriff personnel, police staff, Department of Human Services and the general community, Jones said.

“I still get calls from the police department,” seeking mediation services, Jones said.

“So many problems come from folks making assumptions, and act as if its fact. If you can bring people face to face a lot of it melts away.”

Mediators come in all different styles, Jones said. “We’re all very different.”

Peacemaker Ferriole is a certified Christian conciliator who performs arbitration, mediation and conflict coaching.

“People seek me out if they want Biblical principals applied to mediation,” Ferriole said. “It’s mediation with faith-based principles.”

Jones said anyone could profit from the seminar at Goodwill.

“It’s for people who keep finding themselves in conflict,” she said. “They could be causing it themselves. It’s a good way to learn what to say.”

For more information on workshops, presenters and Conflict Resolution Month, visit

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