The Trident Foundation (mediate)


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We offer services to you combining head (cognition), heart (empathy), and hand (practice)!



The spectacular Lake Louise, which is located in the Rocky Mountains, is visible in this scene. Please ask someone to read the warning signs on potential avalanches and thin ice, for example.
You have finally reached your winter wonderland. The captivating vista beckons you to gaze upon the towering peaks blanketed in snow. It can get extremely cold, so wrap up warmly and have a well-packed winter emergency kit. This kit could include; an air compressor; booster cables; a first aid kit, a flashlight; energy food, heat reflecting blankets, hiking headlamps; ice scrapers, kitty litter; matches, traction mats, water, windshield washer fluid, water +


With so many different types of support available, it can be difficult to know which one is right for you. In this post, we’ll guide you as you explore your requirements, and types of services. You’re encouraged to consider costs and other factors before deciding, and finding the right type of service for your specific situation. You’re likely by the end of this post, to have preliminary information to help you make informed decisions about services. Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or would like more information about us! Let’s consider your requirements and then move on to explore in greater depth the different kinds of services we can offer.

Identifying your needs:

Considering and documenting your desires can also be beneficial. Recognizing your requirements can be a first step towards finding the right type of service for you. It’s important to think about the options in mediation, counseling, and support, as well as the goals and objectives you want to achieve. To make sure you get the most out of these services, it’s important to ask yourself these questions:

  • What do you want to accomplish?
  • What are your expectations for this process?
  • What kind of outcome do you hope to see?
  • Do you require an impartial mediator or a supportive counsellor?
  • Are there any potential challenges or concerns that may arise during this process?

Next, you’re likely ready to take the next step and reach out to us. One of our current directors was born and raised in the Rocky Mountains (Canada).


Jen, a public legal educator, has effectively implemented mediation, counselling and support  principles in policies and practices. Her doctoral research primarily focused on developing strategies to alleviate and prevent burnout, while also addressing the intricate nature of post-traumatic and vicarious distress trauma. Vicarious trauma refers to the indirect experience of others’ pain, encompassing various factors such as biological, environmental, psychological, and sociological aspects.

Our practices are influenced by a comprehensive educational background that encompasses various disciplines: These studies took place in Australia and Canada and comprise the following academic qualifications:

1. Bachelor of Social Work

2. Bachelor of Laws

3. Master of Education

4. Master of Distance Education

5. Master of Psychology (Arts)

6. Master of Social Work

7. Master of Social Policy

8. Ph.D.

Furthermore, our linkages were established via a confirmation program in a doctorate in law in Australia and post-doctoral studies in two programs in the United States.


Our decisions are influenced by numerous years of experience, within the realms of family, group, and organizational settings. Our methods to mitigate or avert dis-ease are guided by both practical application and theoretical knowledge.


You can access online, telephone-based or in-person meetings. The way that you choose is ideally based on your particular requirements and issues.

Considering costs and other factors:

Your first half hour of telephone-based counseling is free. Next, insurance plans might cover certain types of services, while you may be required to pay out-of-pocket. It’s important for you to check in with your insurance provider. What kinds of services are included in your plan and what out-of-pocket expenses you may be called upon to cover. Overall, making an informed choice about which type of services best suits your situation calls for you to canvass available options.

Our History:

Our non-profit organization was established in 1998 in the Rocky Mountains of Alberta, Canada. We have been providing mediation, counseling, and support services internationally since 1998. We owe our affinity for the Rocky Mountains (and their foothills) to an Australian who has been a longtime supporter and unofficial trailblazer. This person carefully examined the rocks, fissures, and geological formations in the area. From the early 1950s until the present, their passion for the Rockies and unique locations in Australia, Canada, and the United States was apparent. This geologist became a citizen of Canada after growing to have a great affection for the country. Calgary, Alberta, was the birthplace of his three children. This trailblazer’s unwavering love and respect for the Rockies (Canada) and his connections to multicultural Australia and the United States contributed to the early formation of the Trident Foundation.

We firmly believe that no individual or community can thrive in prolonged isolation. As inhabitants of an interconnected planet, we understand the importance of global collaboration. One of our co-founders was a veteran who has firsthand experience from active duty. This valuable perspective has shaped our organization’s mission and values. We strive to go beyond addressing local needs and embrace multicultural perspectives. We recognize the diverse contexts and circumstances that exist in multicultural countries such as Australia, Canada, and the United States. This inclusive approach allows us to have a more comprehensive understanding of the challenges we face. Through the combination of rational knowledge, empathy, compassion, and practical action, we are dedicated to meeting the needs of individuals and families. Our holistic approach acknowledges the complexity of these challenges and aims to find comprehensive and impactful solutions

Multicultural societies like Australia, Canada, and the United States have since the nineteenth century greatly benefited from their trade relationships. These connections have contributed to economic growth, cultural exchange, and the development of these nations. However, it is important to acknowledge that there can be limitations and conflicts when realities and philosophies differ. To navigate the complexities of people and planet, it is crucial to explore emerging conceptual and physical territories. This can be done by building upon the works and legacies of leaders such as Meriwether Lewis (1774-1809) and William Clark (1770-1838), and John Flynn (1850-1951), who ventured into uncharted territories and paved the way for progress and innovation. Renowned explorers like Lewis and Clark in the 19th century United States, as well as Flynn in 20th century Australia were motivating leaders.

President Thomas Jefferson entrusted Lewis and Clark with the task of documenting the landscape through written descriptions, maps, and drawings. In today’s context, photographs serve as an alternative medium for capturing and conveying various aspects, including empathy-building, diplomacy, economic factors, education, regulations, and communication. These innovative and unique approaches to exploration and understanding different cultures may have presented Lewis and Clark, as well as other explorers, with both rewarding and challenging experiences in developing intercultural awareness.


This scene takes you to the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument.
Similar sites in arid and semi-arid regions, such as Paint Pots Kootenay National Park and the Northern Territory in Australia, can be compared to the brilliant John Day fossil beds in Oregon, as presented here.


Lewis and Clark’s expedition, which took place in the early 19th century, was a significant exploration of the western territories of the United States. By retracing some of their steps along the Columbia River in Oregon, we gained insights into the challenges they faced, and the landscapes they encountered.

John Flynn was a Presbyterian minister and superintendent within the Australian Presbyterian Church. Unfortunately, Flynn was unable to afford a university education after completing high school at the age of 18. However, he managed to secure a position as a student-teacher with the Department of Education in Victoria. Flynn founded the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS). Cloncurry and area, (below) is a town in Queensland, and it is considered to be the birthplace of the RFDS. It was here that Flynn first began his work, recognizing the need for medical assistance in remote areas and the limitations of traditional healthcare delivery methods.


Imagine that you have been transported back 100 years or so to Flynns outer office. The historic town of Cloncurry is featured in the background.
John Flynn envisioned that people in remote areas from permanent structures to bush camps would have wireless transmitting devices to access i.e. health and schooling services.


Embarking on a historical journey to retrace part of Lewis and Clark’s expedition in the Columbia River, Oregon, and then eventually traveling along the Overlander Way in Australia were fascinating ways to learn more about the people behind these legends and their experiences.   Overlanders Way stretches from Townsville in Queensland to Tennant Creek in the Northern Territory. This route allowed us to experience the arid territories that were once the offices of leaders like John Flynn, the founder of the Royal Flying Doctor Service.

By immersing ourselves in these landscapes, we gained a deeper understanding of the conditions and environments that these historical figures navigated. It provided an opportunity to appreciate the vastness and remoteness of these regions and the determination required to undertake such ventures. Retracing their footsteps helped to bring their stories to life and offered unique perspectives on their achievements and the challenges they overcame. It allowed for a more personal connection to their legacies and a greater appreciation for the impact they had on shaping the history and development of regions in the United States and Australia.

Lewis and Clark revealed such life lessons as commitment and perseverance in the face of new and adverse conditions. Flynn faced a harsh environment and the determination required to deliver health services in such remote areas. Exploring the life and work of John Flynn helps to shed light on his visionary approach to healthcare and his dedication to improving the lives of those living in remote regions of Australia. His legacy lives on through the continued operations of the RFDS, which remains a vital lifeline for many people in the outback. Flynn is a difficult act to follow, and we apply the arts—visual and otherwise—to consider and share the common experiences that people have with one another and the planet, with a particular emphasis on multicultural Australia, Canada, and the United States.

The harshness of the Australian deserts is well-known, especially when your vehicle breaks down and you become stranded. It’s normal to feel helpless and yearn for help in these kinds of circumstances. Flynn understood the importance of prompt medical care, especially in isolated and rural areas. Flynn, was a remarkable individual who combined his passion for photography with a deep commitment to providing healthcare services to remote areas. He established the RFDS to address the challenges faced by people living in the vast and isolated regions. We continue to build upon the foundation laid by our predecessors and utilize adaptive creative management techniques to address new and emerging situations.

During moments of panic, individuals tend to react in various ways such as fighting, fleeing, or freezing. However, there are also those who display unwavering determination in challenging circumstances. In a 2017 article published by the Editor of CTV Vancouver Island, an incident was reported where a five-year-old child was compelled to activate the kill switch after three individuals were thrown from a boat in Cowichan Bay. 

The incident occurred when two adults and a child fell into the water while retrieving a crab pot. Fortunately, the child and his instructor, managed to remain composed and took action by engaging the kill switch. The child’s instructor was on another eco-tour vessel. Their resilience and quick thinking in such difficult and novel conditions potentially saved lives. Smaller watercraft, such as kayaks, canoes, and pleasure or commercial vessels, often necessitate additional equipment for navigation and retrieval, thereby rendering them more vulnerable to harsh and unpredictable conditions. It is imperative to exercise caution and ensure that you possess a well-stocked survival kit in the event of an emergency. Establishing connections with individuals, whether through virtual or in-person road trips, can assist in altering your perspective and identifying self-destructive behaviors. The eco-tour operator established a strong enough bond with the five-year-old to enhance safety measures.  It is plausible that the tour operator exhibited greater agility in responding promptly amidst the picturesque and often relaxing surroundings of Vancouver Island.


This scene is of Cowichan Bay on Vancouver island.
Cowichan Bay is shown here. Take precautions on the water if you live close to a waterway or if you are not familiar with these areas. You will probably be happy that you did in the end.


Learning to Relax: Incorporating activities that encourage relaxation, creativity, or artistic expression can be advantageous when preparing for and confronting new life challenges. Here are some suggested activities to consider:

1. Mindfulness and Meditation: Dedicate a specific time each day to practice mindfulness and meditation techniques. This can aid in reducing stress, enhancing self-awareness, and promoting relaxation. Focus on your breath, observe your thoughts, and cultivate a sense of calmness.

2. Yoga or Pilates  Engage in yoga or  exercises to enhance flexibility, balance, and overall well-being. These practices combine physical movement with breath control, fostering relaxation and mindfulness.

3. Journaling: Use a journal as a means to express your thoughts, emotions, and experiences. It often allows for self-reflection, problem-solving, and gaining clarity on your goals and aspirations.

4. Artistic Expression: Participate in creative activities such as painting, drawing, writing, or playing a musical instrument. These activities provide an avenue for self-expression and emotional release, allowing you to tap into your creativity and explore new perspectives.

5. Nature Walks or Outdoor Activities: Spend time in nature to experience its potential calming effects on the mind and body. Take walks in natural surroundings, go hiking, or rowing. or engage in other outdoor activities that allow you to connect with the beauty of the natural world.

6. Reading and Learning: Engage in reading, whether it be fiction, non-fiction, or self-help books. This can expand your knowledge, stimulate your imagination, and provide a sense of relaxation and escapism. Remember, the key is to find activities that resonate with you personally and bring you joy. By incorporating these activities into your routine, you can relax, foster creativity, and prepare yourself to face new challenges with a refreshed mindset.

We are eager to receive your perspective on life, with any small or more substantive adjustments you may have made to relax.


Editor (2017). Five-year-old forced to hit kill switch after 3 thrown from boat in Cowichan Bay. Cable Television (CTV).

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