Mediation is not just for when things are falling apart! Sometimes sitting down with a mediator is just what you need to step past the obstacles and move forward in a healthier personal or working relationship. Couples, families, work groups and organizations can all benefit from the structure and support of a mediated discussion.
I have been a practicing mediator since 2006, having studied mediation at the Justice Institute of British Columbia, where I obtained certificates in Family Mediation and Third Party Intervention.
Between 2006 and 2008 I completed both the Small Claims Mediation Practicum and the Child Protection Mediation Practicum. Prior to my mediation focused education, in 2002 I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Speech Communication from the University of Waterloo. I also received an Associate of Arts in Biblical Studies from Briercrest College in 1998.
I was born and raised in Fort St. John, though I lived away from the region for almost a decade while attending school. In 2007, I moved back to Fort St. John to open my mediation practice. I am a member of the Family, Child Protection & Civil Rosters of Mediate BC.
My philosophy of mediation is that YOU are the expert in your conflict and, therefore, YOU are best equipped to come up with the most suitable solution. I will help you arrive at solutions that work for all parties and are good decisions made with all available information, so that they will stay good decisions in the long run.
My rate for mediation is $205 per hour, plus disbursements. Because I am working for all parties equally, my rate is generally split equally among the parties, or divided in proportion to the parties respective incomes. Financial investment by all primary parties is important to creating an open and collaborative environment, therefore I discourage arrangements where one party is paying all mediation costs.
The length of a mediation process depends on a number of factors, including the number and complexity of issues on the table as well as the parties’ preparedness and willingness of to work toward resolution. Typically, I schedule mediations in 2 hour sessions and most issues can be resolved in 1 to 4 of those sessions. However, if you wish, mediation can be conducted in longer or shorter sessions to accommodate different scheduling needs.
24 hours notice or parties are responsible for 2 hours of the mediators time.
I will draft either a mediated agreement or a memorandum of understanding at the conclusion of a mediation. Some mediation processes will result in a mediated agreement, which will be drafted by the mediator and signed by the parties. In some cases, a more complex legal document is required. In such cases, I will provide the parties with a memorandum of understanding, which is not a signed legal document but a summary tool intended to facilitate the drafting of a legal document by a lawyer.
In cases where I draft a mediated agreement, I will provide a copy of the draft mediated agreement to all parties. Each party will be strongly encouraged to review the draft mediated agreement with a lawyer before the mediated agreement is placed in final form and signed.
Mediation is confidential. All parties agree that what is said in the mediation room stays private. This means that the parties have the freedom to say anything and consider any idea, without worrying that someone is going to hold that against them later. Often, parties discuss in a mediation who they want to bring into the circle of confidentiality depending on the issues at hand; however, people can only be brought into the circle of confidentiality at the agreement of all the parties.
I am not a lawyer and I am not acting or purporting to act as legal counsel. I will act as a neutral facilitator to help the parties reach their own settlement. I will not make decisions about “right” or “wrong” or tell either party what they should do. It is understood that I have no power to decide disputed issues for the parties. I will remain neutral in all contacts with either party will not advance the interests of one over the other. It is understood that although I will not advance the interests of either party, I have a duty under the Family Law Act to ensure any resolution relating to guardianship, parenting arrangements, or contact to children is in the best interests of the child or children only. Each party is encouraged to obtain independent legal advice to ensure that legal rights, legal obligations and the consequences of any potential resolution are fully understood.
Thank-you for contacting me, I look forward to speaking with you soon.
Please contact me to discuss how I can assist you to work toward a unique resolution to your unique conflict.
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