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About Finding Home™

The Finding Home™ Initiative supports individuals and neighbourhoods to foster a sense of belonging, build inclusive communities and increase effectiveness in responding to personal, local and global challenges.

Founded in 2006 by Jessie Sutherland, Finding Home™ is the culmination of more than 20 years of passion and expertise in the fields of community development, cross-cultural training and dialogue. Our clients who implement our recommendations experience a significant increase in engaging diverse populations and generating innovative solutions to everyday challenges.

Through seniors and neighbourhood dialogues , community engagement & diversity training , keynote addresses , asset mapping , and our publications , our clients build capacity within their neighbourhoods to foster a sense of belonging, build inclusive communities, generate residents’ led projects and increase effectiveness in responding to personal and community challenges.

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The Finding Home™ Story

Like many beginnings, Finding Home™ grew out of an idea about how the world could be rather than the way it was. In 2000, Jessie Sutherland worked on human rights in South America and when she returned to Canada she became curious about the nature of collective denial and how to shift human consciousness about our relationship to each other and to the environment. This inquiry led her to completing her Masters Degree in Dispute Resolution at the University of Victoria where she investigated approaches to reconciliation initiatives from around the world. This led her to develop a new framework and practical skills for fostering reconciliation.

Worldview Skills: Transforming Conflict From The Inside Out was published in 2005 and Jessie Sutherland began to give keynote addresses, workshops , public conversations, seminars, courses and teleconferences on Worldview Skills and Reconciliation . Committed to capacity building that reaches residents, community leaders and practitioners alike, the idea for a place-based initiative was born.

In 2006, Worldview Strategies launched Finding Home™: How To Belong In A Changing World , a neighbourhood dialogue and capacity building initiative, and has since grown our already impressive record of client and neighbourhood success stories.

Our Team

Jessie SutherlandJessie Sutherland, M.A in Dispute Resolution, Adjunct professor at the University of British Columbia School of Community and Regional Planning, is the founder and innovator of the Finding Home™ neighbourhood dialogue and capacity building program and author of the book Worldview Skills: Transforming Conflict from the Inside Out.

A master facilitator, trainer, author and speaker. Jessie Sutherland catalyzes and empowers people to do their best work together with exponential and lasting impact. Her goal is to infuse a values-based approach to create community and educational cultures that foster quality relationships, effective problem solving skills, high levels of engagement and collaboration to generate innovation and achieve a common purpose.

Jessie is fluently bilingual, has over 25 years experience in community relations and engagement; leadership development; conflict resolution; dialogue; and values based decision making processes. In Canada, she has lived and worked in British Columbia, Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and northern Indigenous communities. Worldwide, she has lived and worked in Europe, the Middle East, West Africa and South America.

Jessie Sutherland was nominated for the City of Vancouver’s 2014 Remarkable Women Award, celebrating reconciliation—honouring women who build understanding and empathy between people. Read more about her nomination here: Remarkable Women 2014.


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Selected Publications

Sutherland, Jessie. Worldview Skills: Transforming Conflict From The Inside Out, Sooke: Worldview Strategies Publications, 2005.

Whittington, Barbara and Sutherland, Jessie. "Restorative Justice: Re-Thinking Responsibility." In A Legal Handbook for the Helping Professional, Victoria: Sutherland, Jessie and Whittington, Barbara, edited by Max Uhlemann and David Turner, 2007.

Sutherland, Jessie. Finding Home: Belonging, Connection and Community Discussion Paper & Workbook, Vancouver: 2007.

Sutherland, Jessie. National Day of Healing and Reconciliation Newsletters, issues #1 & 2, Edmonton: 2004.

Sutherland, Jessie. “Moving Beyond Entrenched Positions: A Dialogue for a Pluralistic and Unified Quebec,” Montreal: Cantilevers, an international journal on peace-building initiatives, 1999.


Anne-Marie Leong, BDes in Communication Design, is an award winning graduate of Emily Carr University who specializes in integrating marketing strategy with design solutions. She is a multi-platform designer with an intuitive feel for form, proportions and abstract thoughts. Her aptitude for problem solving helps her provide insight to copywriting, branding and developing user friendly information systems. In addition to creating communication and branding materials for Finding Home™, she also designs posters, workbooks, publications and provides design consultation. Anne-Marie finds a sense of home through the notion of gathering together to share a meal or to simply spend time with each other.



Dave Beckwith
Dave Beckwith is a consultant whose work focuses on organizational development, strategic planning and community organizing, working with social justice nonprofits and philanthropy. He is the principal of the Great Lakes Institute, based in Toledo, Ohio. Until January of 2013 he was the Executive Director of The Needmor Fund, a national foundation based in Toledo, Ohio. He was formerly a Field Consultant for the Washington, DC based Center for Community Change. He has worked as a community organizer, trainer and consultant to community groups since 1971. He was the founding Director of the New England Training Center for Community Organizers in Providence, RI; Field Coordinator for the Governance Task Force of President Carter's National Commission on Neighborhoods in 1978; a Training Specialist with the national Legal Services Corporation in Washington, DC; and moved to Toledo in 1981 as the Director of the East Toledo Community Organization. From January of 1988 until September of 1994, he worked part time as a Research Associate at the University of Toledo's Urban Affairs Center.
Marcy Cohen
Over most of her adult life Marcy has been involved in social justice issues in both a professional capacity and as a volunteer with community agencies and social movement organizations. She has worked for both the federal and provincial governments, a provincial and national women’s organization, post-secondary educational institutions and a large health care union. As a researcher, policy consultant and educator she hase worked on issues of gender equality, labour market programming for disadvantaged populations, community health restructuring and health system innovation. She is currently an adjunct faculty member in Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University and a board member and research associate with the BC office of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.
Chief Robert Joseph
Hereditary Chief of the Gwa wa enuk First Nation, Charima of Native American Leadership Alliance for Peace and Reconciliation, Former Executive Director of Indian Residential School Survivors Society.
Cheryl Kathler,Retired Community Planner, City of North Vancouver
As a community planner in the City of North Vancouver, the focus of Cheryl’s work was developing municipal responses to a wide range of community issues to facilitate a liveable and sustainable community. Much of her work concerned seniors and housing, including development of a widely adopted Adaptable Design policy which addresses aging in place, and innovative affordable and rental housing policies and practices for which North Vancouver City is known. In addition to participation in numerous collaborative projects and regional and provincial committees related to social issues, Cheryl has served on non-profit Boards including Planning Institute of BC, Hastings Park Conservancy, Your Local Farmers Market Society and the Real Estate Foundation of BC.
Nym Hughes, M.Ed., Ed.D.
As an educational consultant, Nym draws on her extensive experience in curriculum and program design, classroom and online teaching, evaluation, faculty professional development, and administrative leadership in BC post-secondary institutions. Her areas of content specialization include facilitation, coaching, conflict resolution and adult education theory and practice.