Why Choose Us?

Why Choose Us?

ss_140402338It is very important that anyone seeking a Mediator should consider these guidelines when making their selection:

 

 

 

 

A prospective mediator should be asked about their background, training, experience and areas of specialization.

Michelle Garneau of Garneau Mediation Services has a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology/Biology from the University of Alberta.  Her 17 years in the workforce as a teaching lab technician, a scientific supplies and equipment technical sales representative, and a veterinary technical sales representative has assisted Michelle in developing her communication, negotiation, and training skills.

Michelle has completed training through the Alberta Arbitration and Mediation Society. This includes skill-based training in mediation and negotiation, as well as specialized training in Separation/Divorce and Parenting mediation.  Michelle has also has also been trained in relevant aspects of family law, child development,  family restructuring and domestic violence.  She is a Registered Family Mediator and has successfully mediated over 900 family mediations.

A mediator should clearly explain the mediation process, as well as the role of the mediator and the roles of the participants so they can properly prepare themselves for the mediation.

Michelle Garneau of Garneau Mediation Services will spend time with each person individually in a pre-mediation meeting by phone prior to the mediation. She will describe what will take place during the mediation and will be clear about what her role is as an impartial third party and what your role is in the mediation.  Michelle will also inform you of any information you will need to bring along to the mediation and provide you with any resources you may need.

The mediator must be impartial and independent with no prior involvement with the conflict.

As a professional mediator, Michelle Garneau of Garneau Mediation Services will be impartial during the pre-mediation and mediation. She will mediate only in the case that she feels that these standards can be upheld and that she has no prior involvement in the conflict.

A mediator should make sure an Agreement to Mediate is drawn up and signed by each of the participants and the mediator prior to the mediation.

Michelle Garneau of Garneau Mediation Services will provide the people involved in the mediation with an Agreement to Mediate. She will explain what this agreement is and answer any questions you may have about the agreement. Mediation is a voluntary process and the agreement is signed only by individuals who agree to take part in the mediation.  Participants may have a lawyer review this Agreement to Mediate prior to signing it.

A mediator will draw up a Memorandum of Understanding when an agreement is reached in mediation. The individuals involved in the mediation will be provided with a copy of this agreement (see glossary).

Michelle Garneau of Garneau Mediation Services will provide the people involved in the mediation with a Memorandum of Understanding or Mediated Agreement when an agreement is reached in mediation. She will explain what this agreement is and answer any questions you may have regarding this agreement.

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