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Marion Little

Master's in Dispute Resolution, Community Mediation Trainer, Restorative Justice Trainer
Fostering sanctuary and well-being: in relationships, in community, & across institutions
Speaks English
Certified Trainer since 2017
“Have your cake & eat it too! People tell me again and again that they're stuck in a game of winners and losers. Any satisfaction in "winning" is fleeting and leaves them on edge or even depressed. When they "lose" they resent having their value as a human being called into question. Many feel burned out by all that and wish for change. NVC invites us to play a new game entirely: one that's more challenging, more connected, and way more fun. The NVC players' handbook calls for two core skill sets: assertive individual autonomy (Honesty) while honouring our collective interdependence (Empathy). Neither at the expense of the other. It's a "win-win" game where mutual respect and mutual satisfaction are shared and savoured. Turns out we can all have our cake and eat it too.”


As a past social services Executive Director, I’ve collaborated with funders, staff, boards, volunteer teams, and community members (including program recipients), to stabilize three charitable nonprofits and prepare them for sustainable growth. Together, we clarified purpose, prioritized strategic tasks, recovered from financial crisis, stabilized funding, retooled policies, fortified each other, strengthened agency relationships, upgraded facilities, developed participant-informed programs, and addressed systemic pressures. In this way, I’ve been part of increasing youth housing, tending human rights for sex workers, and ensuring affordable childcare for families.

As a Human Resources Specialist (institutional misconduct), I introduced evidence-based violence prevention education and best practices within 45 Anglican Churches serving 7000+ members across a 32,600 km service area. I co-convened an international team to develop best practices and co-author a Safe Church Charter, adopted by the international Anglican Consultative Council in 2012. This charter mandates rigorous policies for abuse prevention/response. Over 85 million people now benefit from systemic safeguards in that institution.

For several years, until 2016, I was also an Adjunct Assistant Professor and Sessional Instructor at the University of Victoria (MA Dispute Resolution program; BA Public Health and Social Policy program) teaching Conflict Resolution Theory and Practice, Collaborative Leadership and Decision-making, Ethics and Reflective Practice, Applied Nonviolent Communication (NVC), and Non-profit Management.

Additionally, I’m a certified Restorative Justice Facilitator/Trainer, a Certified Community Mediator/Trainer, and a past Master Trainer for the Canadian Red Cross Respect Education abuse prevention programs (Western Region). Because of all that, I’ve been honoured to serve as an Accredited Observer to the UN Commission for the Status of Women and testified before Parliamentary Committee as an expert witness in violence prevention.

From 2000 – 2009, I was fortunate to study Nonviolent Communication (NVC) with renowned psychologist and peacemaker Marshall Rosenberg, assisting with his trainings in Victoria BC. I’m still deeply moved by his elegant integration of humanistic psychology, principles of nonviolence, conflict resolution skills, and Paulo Freire’s concept of social literacy.

My academic and independent research assess impacts of NVC training for youth labelled “at-risk.” For over 20 years, I’ve offered dynamic NVC professional development trainings for social services and health care, civil service (incl. police), small business, large institutions, secondary and post-secondary schools, parent groups, community groups, and Indigenous language speakers and teachers (Kanien’keha and Anishinaabemowim) addressing lateral violence.

I’m a life-long student of community well-being, anti-oppressive practices, anti-racism, decolonization, trauma-informed practices, Restorative/Transformative Justice, and meaning-making through epic myth. I seek practical needs-based strategies that support mutual respect, collaboration, self-empathy, compassion, assertive honesty, and accountability. These days, I’m lucky to do that work, garden, write, and make art beside a little river on Michi Saagiig Anishinaabe territory near Nogojiwanong – Peterborough, in Ontario, Canada.

“I offer 1:1 conflict coaching, small group facilitation, team training (incl. ongoing practice sessions), conference presentations, and key-note lectures that address personal, interpersonal, professional, and systemic applications of NVC. I support participants to develop their own practical needs-based strategies to increase mutual respect, collaboration, self-empathy, compassion, assertive honesty, and accountability.”


  • Conflict Transformation
  • Government and Governance
  • Education (including schools and youth programs)
  • Leadership (including organizational culture and executive coaching)
  • Peace and Civil Discourse
  • Restorative Justice (including prison work)
  • Social Change
The objective of Nonviolent Communication is not to change people and their behavior in order to get our way: it’s to establish relationships based on honesty and empathy, which will eventually fulfill everyone's needs. ~Marshall Rosenberg

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