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Curriculum Vitae

Professional Associations

Mediate BC
- member of Civil & Family Mediator Rosters.
- completed 2 terms as a Board member

Dispute Resolution Office
- member of the Advisory Committee for the Practicum Project in Child Protection Mediation for BC, 2006-2009.

Family Mediation Practicum Project Advisory Committee
- member of this committee, 2007-2010

Law Society of British Columbia (since 1978, now on Retired Lawyer’s list)

Family Mediation Canada (Certified Comprehensive Mediator)

Hornby-Denman Peacemakers Group (2005-9)
- Founding member

Comox Valley Community Justice
- Volunteer facilitator over 10 year period

Education

McGill University, Montreal, Quebec B.A.,
▪ Majors in English and Comparative Religion

Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania
▪ Teaching Certificate: Secondary Education (including Group Dynamics)

Villanova University School of Law, Villanova, Pennsylvania
▪ J.D. in Law

Justice Institute of British Columbia
• Certificate in Conflict Resolution (1989)
• Certificate in Restorative Practices (2006)

Employment

Melnick, Memory, Carlgren, Barristers & Solicitors, Cranbrook, B.C. (1979-1980)

Self-employed lawyer with a general litigation practice (1980-1990)
▪ Primary focus on family issues, estates and property disputes
▪ Mediation added to practice May,1985

Law practice restricted to Mediation
1990 to present
• Self-employed Mediator, Facilitator, Dispute Resolution Teacher/Trainer
• December 2007: Retired from practice of Law

Specialized Training

▪ Family & estates/property disputes, aboriginal issues, and issues respecting dispute resolution and restorative practices, including peacemaking circles

Conflict and Culture

Aboriginal perspectives on colonization, family violence, women’s issues and conflict resolution
▪ Conflict Management & Myers-Briggs Personality Type Indicator
▪ Trauma, Deep-rooted Conflict & Reconciliation processes
▪ Dynamics of couples and families in separation & divorce; High Conflict personalities