AND LIFE COACH.
SHE IS THE AUTHOR OF SIX BOOKS INCLUDING DETOX YOUR HEART: WAYS OF WORKING WITH
ANGER, FEAR, HATRED. She is a certified Life Coach.
SHE BELIEVES: ‘CONFLICT IS AN OPPORTUNITY FOR CHANGE – EMBRACE IT
BULLYING IS AN OPPORTUNITY FOR PROBLEM SOLVING – SEIZE THE MOMENT AND SPEAK OUT
Conflict is inevitable we are like lumps of fuel rubbing against each other causing friction that sparks.
The sparks are opportunities to do something different in our lives. We can convince ourselves that the
sparks are nothing, and weeks or months later we are in a blaze, anger flaring in our hearts.’
THE FOUR CONFLICT TRUTHS
(Dis-ease) There is conflict in life
(Diagnosis) There are actions that lead to more conflict in life
(Cure) There can be an end of conflict in life
(Treatment) There are actions that lead away from conflict in life
Dr Valerie Mason-John Aka Queenie was once herself a youth at risk, and bullied at school and in the home. She first worked as an International Correspondent, covering Australian Aboriginal Land Rights and Black Deaths in Custody. She interviewed Sinn Fein Prisoners in Northern Ireland, and covered apartheid issues in South Africa.
Her award winning novel The Banana Kid fictionalizes her life in an orphanage and living for a short time with an abusive mother, ending up living on the streets from age 14. She is the author of six books including Detox Your Heart, working with anger, fear and hatred. She is trained in Mindfulness, a Buddhist practitioner and is a consultant in the field of anti bullying, anger management, conflict transformation, restorative justice and self-development.
She delivers course in professional development for teachers, managers, and employees. As well as delivering meditation and addiction courses. She has written a play, HOT HEAD, exploring the themes of anger for children between the age of 5 and 11. She worked for the leading UK organization LEAP confronting conflict, which specializes in conflict in the classroom, between gangs and in the work place.
She has designed and written accredited courses exploring conflict, for London Open College Network and online courses too.
She was awarded an honorary doctorate for her contribution to the African Diaspora by the University of East London and has a Masters in Creative Writing, Education and the Arts. She has trained with Desmond Jones School of Mime and Physical Theatre exploring human emotions, and with Augusto Boal, Card Board Citizens, Clean Break and attended workshops delivered by Marshall Rosenberg (Non Violent Communication). She is a trained meditation teacher and practitioner. She is now based in North America, and is available to travel throughout Canada and USA. She currently lives in British Columbia.
She has worked extensively in the UK for the The Education Authorities, for Social Services, The Police, Prison System, Senior and Middle Management, and in Rehabilitation units. She has worked with gangs, youth offending teams, immigrant youth, refugees, first nation youth, privileged youth, the homeless, on housing projects and much more.
She has worked for Edmonton Public School Board as a consultant in anti bullying. Vancouver School Board delivering training in the field of Restorative Justice Approaches in the classroom. She has also worked with the University of Alberta as a trainer in Leadership for many of the female deans in Alberta, and as an instructor in creative writing. She has also delivered courses on Professional Development Days for professionals, and in the field of Addiction and Meditation.
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