Jerako Wendt is president of Access Legal & Mediation Services, practicing as a licensed paralegal, certified mediator, speaker/facilitator and conflict coach. Her extensive knowledge in the area of human rights, conflict resolution and mediation come from her 12 years of experience in professional practice. She obtained her certificate in Alternative Dispute Resolution from Durham College and graduated as a paralegal from CDI College in 2008. Jerako has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Trent University. Currently working toward her goal to become a lawyer. Jerako has successfully mediated many forms of conflicts which have included working with people suffering from mental illness. As a workshop facilitator and trainer she has addressed racism and bullying, facilitating countless workshops and conflict coaching training sessions. Jerako was a key organizer in the Toronto District School Board’s “Parents Make a Difference Conference: Parents Engaged in Education to Close the Achievement Gap” speaking on the importance of including conflict resolution skills in the curriculum. Jerako’s focus now has been to apply mediation and conflict coaching skills to help Black people address the stigma of mental health illnesses within the Black community.