Laurel is a trained social worker who brings her experience and expertise working in various capacities across Barbados and the Caribbean, as well as in Ontario, Canada. She is the founder and principal consultant of Springboard, a Barbados based company that offers training and consultancy services to organisations and professionals who work with youth. With over 15 years of experience, Laurel has managed and implemented interventions and support services for youth, especially those involved in the justice system, and as a result, this experience has reinforced her belief in the use of mediation as an effective alternative to the traditional court process. She is excited at the prospect of expanding her practice by utilising her recently acquired mediation certification in her work.