About the Owner

With travel in his blood, Wes Thiessen has spent many years abroad, learning other languages and cultures, while living in some challenging areas of the world. Having experienced some exotic places, Wes prefers to be close to family and returned to Canada for that very purpose.

Dr. Thiessen completed his education over the course of many decades and in many nations. Following an undergraduate degree in psychology and theological studies, he pursued an MA in historical geography of the ancient near east while living in Jerusalem, a city full of multiple religions, languages and cultures. Upon returning to Canada in the 80s, he pursued a background in mediation, working both within and outside the justice system to resolve conflicts in many forms—family, spousal assault, property crime and even court-ordered mediation. As a Senior Mediator with Community Justice Initiatives, his greatest joys were seeing parties at odds with each other come to an agreeable conclusion that was a win-win situation for all involved. In the late 90s, Wes travelled with his family to north Africa, to teach English in both the private and public sectors, spending almost a decade and a half in public universities. After this period overseas, he completed a PhD in Islamic history, allowing him to better understand the religious and historical background of most Muslims. This additional cultural and religious education assists Wes in better understanding conflict with cultural and/or religious elements—factors that are particularly meaningful for individuals and families. 

In addition to publication work, Wes works as a mediator and provides pastoral care through a small rural church, helping to meet spiritual needs in the community. He continues to learn more languages (he can operate in English, Arabic and French, while having strength in German and Hebrew) and about other cultures. He loves shopping for deals in thrift stores, and believes that re-purposing used goods is one way we can be good stewards of the earth. He loves to read, meet new people and travel to new places. 

Dr. Wes Thiessen looks forward to helping you with all of your self-publishing needs in order to realize your dreams and goals with your written project.