Sandy Koop Harder, MBA, CMed has stepped back from her active practice with Facilitated Solutions to take on a senior leadership role in University administration. Sandy was a leader and a mediator with FS since 2006. She continues to be involved in the business behind the scenes.
Sandy has over 25 years of experience in mediation, coaching, program development and administration. She also has international experience, working with families and communities impacted by trauma as a result of civil war (in Bogota, Colombia) and sectarian conflicts (in Belfast, Northern Ireland).
Sandy holds a Master of Business Administration (Leadership) and undergraduate degrees in religious studies and conflict resolution studies. She is a Chartered Mediator with the ADR Institute of Canada.
Direct phone: (204) 510-5920
Academic and Professional Achievements:
Chartered Mediator, ADR Institute of Canada, 2017
Masters of Business Administration, Royal Roads University, 2016
Certificate in Mediation and Conflict Management, Mediation Services Winnipeg, 1999
Bachelor of Arts, Conflict Resolution Studies/Religious Studies, University of Winnipeg, 1995
Bachelor of Theology, Canadian Mennonite University, 1994
More about me:
Since my early career days as a victim-offender mediator, I have been deeply committed to the principles of “all voices matter” and coaching for change. I continue to strive daily to embody these ideas in my leadership, my mediation/coaching practice and in my personal life.
I love to adventure with my spouse John and our two boys – especially on family road trips. We enjoy outdoor activities like biking, hiking and camping when we get the chance.
I also love music. While I was initially trained (and failed!) in classical piano, I especially love choral music and exercising my mezzo-soprano voice in a community of other singers. I also recently picked up the accordion and melodica (thank you, COVID!).
I always try to save a few minutes at the end of each day to read a couple of pages in the novel on my nightstand.
A few of my favourite musicians:
Leonard Cohen, Neko Case, Tom Waits, The Decemberists, Townes Van Zandt, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Ella Fitzgerald, Bill Evans, Oscar Peterson, Glenn Gould, Count Basie, Elvis Costello, Patti Smith, I could go on…
A few of my favourite authors:
Jonathan Franzen, Rohinton Mistry, Mary Lawson, Mordecai Richler, Carol Shields, Elizabeth Strout, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Richard Wagamese
One of my favourite quotes:
In this life we cannot do great things. We can only do small things with great love.
– Mother Teresa