By combining a background in education and human resources, raising three children, and over 30 years of marriage to Tim, I am able to say communication has been central in my life. I found communicating respectfully and with integrity always brought better results. I have been able to hone the art of communicating as a Toastmaster. However, I was able to delve into the spirit of communication during my peacebuilding immersion at the River Phoenix Center for Peacebuilding. Up until this point my goal had been to use communication to avoid conflict. I was amazed to see first hand how communication could actually transform conflict. Conflict is inevitable but with the proper tools of respect, compassion and understanding, that conflict can be bravely faced and transformed. This is peacebuilding and this is what I want to share with my community.