Sandra Koop Harder, Business Manager and Partner
Sandy Koop Harder has been a leader at Facilitated Solutions since 2006. As the Business Manager, she is the first point of contact for clients.
Sandy brings 20 years of experience in mediation, training and business administration to her role at FS. She also draws upon her international experience with crisis and trauma in her mediation practice.
Sandy has undergraduate degrees in Theology, Religious Studies and Conflict Resolution Studies. She also holds a Masters of Business Administration in Executive Management with a Leadership specialization and is a Chartered Mediator with the ADR Institute of Canada.
Direct phone: (204) 510-5920
Areas of Practice:
- Mediation of workplace disputes (interpersonal and group)
- Mediation of family and community conflicts
- Leadership coaching and conflict coaching
- Government and crown corporations
- Educational institutions
- Faith based organizations
- Small business
- Not-for-profit agencies
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 and Religious Studies, University of Winnipeg, 1995
Bachelor or Theology, Canadian Mennonite University, 1994
More about me:
I love to travel with my partner 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 to make and listen to music. While I was trained in classical piano, I especially love choral music. I also recently picked up the accordion and enjoy singing and playing in a folk duo with a friend for fun.
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.
What I love about being a mediator:
The opportunity to participate in meaningful change in people’s lives is really a profound, humbling experience. Helping people work through thorny issues and witnessing those moments of movement is a pretty amazing thing. It also constantly pushes me in my own self-awareness and personal growth. I am a better person for doing this work.
What I love about being part of the FS team:
The FS team is like a second family to me. We work very closely together, and it can be very difficult and very intense work. I rely heavily on my teammates for support and feedback - we are all better practitioners because of each other.
A few of my favourite musicians:
Leonard Cohen, Neko Case, The Decemberists, Townes Van Zandt, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Billie Holiday, Bill Evans, Oscar Peterson, Glenn Gould
One of my favourite quotes:
There is only one rule that I know of, Babies: God damn it, you’ve got to be kind!
- Kurt Vonnegut