Why Choose Us?
It 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 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 prospective mediator should be asked about their affiliation with the appropriate associations and societies.
Alberta Family Mediation Society (AFMS)
Alternative Dispute Resolution Institute of Alberta (ADRIA)
ADR lnstitute of Canada (ADRIC)
Family Mediation Canada (FMC)
Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC)
Strathcona County Community Mediation Society (SCCMS)
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.
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.
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).