About Linda

What’s in a name?

Juntura [juhn-TUHR-ah] is a Spanish word and means to join, unite, assemble or collect. People come together to unite in their search for understanding and a solution to their conflict. I chose this word after a delightful and amazing 2005 trip to Spain, where I took flamenco dance lessons, saw historical sites and ate great food.

Mediation and coaching can give people an enhanced sense of their own ability to solve problems and helps to promote harmony.

About Linda Varro

Linda VarroSince I have always been interested in people’s behavior and what motives them to do certain things, psychology seemed a natural fit for me (B.A. Psyc, M.A. Psyc).  After 2-1/2 years in Social work, I moved to HR at the City of Calgary, then in 92 to my father’s small business ( infrastructure cleaning/rehabilitation). My work included HR, payroll, A/R, drafting policy, group benefits/AHC administration, WCB claims, and ensuring compliance with provincial /federal guidelines.

From 2013-2015 I worked for the Real Estate Council of Alberta, doing survey work on pre-licensing and continuing education programs and administration work in education and licensing.  I currently work for Homewood Human Solutions, an EAP company out of Vancouver which provides workplace mediation services for their client companies ( coaching and workplace mediation services for them in AB).

My strengths in mediation work come from my work experience and personal qualities including strong analytical skills; excellent listening skills, a love of small business and entrepreneurs, family business experience, and my education. I love to see people improve their skills with these tools.  I am friendly, approachable, mature, practical, understanding and have a skill with putting people’s feelings into words.  My education has included: Conflict Resolution certificate, Mount Royal College 99,  Civil Court  mediator since 98, coaching/facilitation for Mount Royal University (MRU) in their Conflict Resolution Program in the classroom (Negotiation Level 1 & 2, Dealing with Anger); online course facilitation (Negotiating with Integrity) since 2010 for Conflict Resolution and Funeral Services Industry programs.  I have also coached in Mediation Level 2, Negotiation Level 1 and Shifting from Positions to Interests for MRU,  for ADRIA and privately.  In 2014/15/16 I was an assessor for students in negotiation skills (MRU).  I also completed two certificates in Adult Education (MRU in 2010) and from U of Calgary (elearning) in 2015.  I am a member of ADRIA and have my Q Med designation and Errors and Omissions Insurance.

(Outside of work, I enjoy Qigong, reading, cooking, yoga, book clubs, mystery theatre, movies, gardening, and have a ginger cat).  My 31 year old son graduated in Kineseology at U of C in 2012 and is currently in Japan working with the JETS program.  My immediate family, except three nieces,  all live in Calgary).

 

“Watch your thoughts, they become words.
Watch your words, they become actions.
Watch your action, they become habits.
Watch your habits, they become character.
Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.”
– Frank Outlaw

How I got Started

See my interview about getting started in Mediation in the Civil Court newsletter