Well, in fairness, JADE has been online for a while now, with our sessions being virtual on Zoom since the pandemic began. And we plan to keep on reaching out through the internet with virtual sessions, even as we see the prospect of in-person sessions being a possibility again…keeping our fingers crossed!
But now JADE is a website too, and we are excited to launch Jadegroup.ca – it’s still a work in progress, but we are planning to add new and exciting things to help JADE members stay connected.
Our membership will be more streamlined and automated, allowing members to renew online and to make payment more convenient than ever.
Don’t worry – one thing won’t change. While JADE relies on its membership fees to keep operations going (and the fees remain very modest, staying at just $25.00 per year), nobody is turned away. Paid membership gives access to certain additional benefits, but everyone who wants to be part of JADE is welcome.
One of the benefits of paid membership will be access to recordings of our role-play sessions and, where applicable, to written educational materials from our sessions.
Sign-up as a member, and you will receive our email updates, with advance notice of our upcoming sessions and events. And speaking of events, if you’ve ever attended one of JADE’s “Let’s Talk” events, you’ll know just how wonderful a community our members are.
We’re mediators, not tech specialists, so our new site may have some growing pains. And it will take some time to generate and post our online content. You’ve grown together with us these past years (nearly five!) and we look forward to growing together in new ways. Remember…it’s only a website, and while it will make communication and many other aspects of our community easier and faster, the basics are staying the same. JADE is what all of us make it together!