I went into the field of dispute resolution with a vision of helping people through challenging times and difficult transitions in their lives. I was first introduced to mediation as part of the settlement process following a 2002 motorcycle accident. So, I have first-hand experience of being a mediator and of being a client.
Prior to beginning my conflict resolution career, I worked in Child Welfare. This gave me the opportunity to implement Mediation, Triple P (Positive Parenting Program), and Solution Focussed strategies on an almost daily basis. I am also a retired (volunteer) firefighter. All of these experiences combined have served me well in my transition to dispute resolution, as I am able to stay calm while dealing with crisis situations.
An Accredited Family Mediator, I received my Honours Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Trent University. In addition to Family Mediation, I facilitate Child Protection Mediator and Family Group (Decision-Making) Coordinator, and I am on the Ontario Provincial Roster for both. I also hold the designation of Specialist in Openness Adoption. The views of children are very important to me and as a result, I prefer a child-inclusive process.
I have recently published a book on Child Protection Mediation (available on the Resources page), and I am currently writing a book on Family Mediation. I am also in the process of developing a curriculum with respect to Advanced Child Protection Mediation courses and internships. I am in the planning stages of various community mediation projects, as well as presentations during ADR Week in November 2017. Check back for updates…
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