RESTORATIVE RESOLUTION SERVICES



Gayle Desmeules earned a Master of Arts in Leadership and Training, holds a Q. Med, and is a member of ADR Institute of Alberta and Canada. She's a proud citizen of the Métis Nation of Alberta, with 30 years of experience facilitating community development and capacity-building initiatives. She mediates and facilitates restorative team building and conflict resolution processes with the underlying intent to advance the process of Truth and Reconciliation in her daily conversations, training events, and social-justice intervention services.


In 2008, Gayle started working with the International Institute for Restorative Practices while a Manager for Native Counselling Services of Alberta. She recently became an instructor at the Alberta Restorative Justice Association, delivering an "Introduction to Restorative Justice in Criminal Matters." Gayle founded True Dialogue Inc., a company that provides customized training. For more information, go to www.truedialogue.ca.


She is the Chair for Elia, an international organization focused on the whole-system transformation of Child Welfare Systems, www.elia.ngo. The Centre of Excellence in Child Welfare published her work, "Putting a Human Face on Child Welfare, Chapter 8, Family Group Conferencing, A Sacred Family Circle." Provided content expertise to produce educational videos about Lateral Violence, Family Group Conferencing, and Hidden—Elder Abuse in Aboriginal Communities, Bear Paw Media Productions, accessible on www.youtube.com.


Gayle provides mediation services on the following rosters: Alberta Justice Family Mediation, Alberta Municipal Affairs, Dispute Resolution Services, and the Edmonton Police Service to resolve public complaints.  She facilitates restorative dialogue (2-party) and circles (multi-party) for criminal justice matters, child intervention services, workplace conflicts, student misconduct or attendance issues,  and peacemaking circles to advance the process of healing and reconciliation.  

True Dialogue incorporates a relational approach to practice described in the following: 

In a relational context, people naturally possess a strong sense of justice.  When we are treated in ways that we believe to be unfair or disrespectful, we feel we have been treated unjustly.


Justice is not only defined by law; human beings view every relationship in their lives as either just or unjust. Any relationship (student-teacher, parent-child, employer-employee, agency-client, nation to nation) seen as unfair, elicits negative emotions such as anger, resentment, and distrust, which can motivate people to take action to correct the imbalance or injustice.


True Dialogue is skilled at offering mediation and restorative justice services to address conflicts and tensions aimed at correcting relational imbalances for parties to reclaim a healthy relationship.