Meet our Team

Our highly-trained professionals are here to support you in a wide range of mediation needs.

Maggie Hall

B.Sc., M.S.W., LLM (ADR), CP Med., Acc.F.M.(OAFM), AccEM
Co-Director, Mediation North

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Maggie obtained her B.Sc. in 1984, her MSW in 1986 and her LLM in 2008.  She has be mediating all over Ontario since the mid 1980s and running court connected mediation and information services since 1999.  When she isn’t travelling around the north, she enjoys spending time at her cottage with her husband of 32 years, her golden retriever and her 3 adult children.

 

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Kathleen Chapman

B.A., (Honours), LLB.,AccFM (OAFM), AccEM (OAFM), CP Med (Harvard Trained)
Director, The Family Mediation Centre, (a Division of The Mediation Centre Inc.)
Co-Director, Mediation North Inc, Lawyer (1975)
Family Mediator, Mediation Trainer and Internship Supervisor (1983)
Child Protection Mediator (1996)
Elder Mediation (2012.)
Collaborative Family Law Practitioner (2001)

Kathleen has been practising, training and teaching mediation and dispute resolution for over 35 years.

Kathleen practised family law for 38 years, appearing in all levels of Ontario Court, including various cases in the Court of Appeal. She was outside Counsel for the Children’s Aid Society of St. Thomas and Elgin County 2002-2005, carrying files, conducting trials and representing the Children’s Aid Society at the Court of Appeal.

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She established The Family Mediation Centre, (a Division of the Mediation Centre Inc.) in 1983, where she and colleagues provide affordable family mediation, working with both lawyers and their clients and with unrepresented parties. Kathleen became a Collaborative Family Law Practitioner in 2001 and trained and mentored in collaborative practice.

Kathleen, as Director of The Family Mediation Centre Inc. (a Division of The Mediation Centre Inc.), is honoured to have been selected to provide government funded family information and mediation services in London’s Family Court since 1995 and since 2011 in London, Owen Sound, Walkerton, Goderich, Sarnia, Chatham St. Thomas, Woodstock and Stratford, when the services were expanded. As Co-Director of Mediation North Inc. (with Maggie Hall), Kathleen was also honoured in 2011 to have been selected to provide government funded family information and mediation services in Cochrane, Timmins, Elliott Lake, Hailey bury, Kenora, Dryden, North Bay Perry Sound, Sault Ste. Marie, Thunder Bay and Sudbury, as part of the expansion.

Since 1983, Kathleen has overseen a comprehensive family mediation internship program where she has had the privilege of mentoring a large number of new professionals as they entered the field. Kathleen is also a widely acclaimed trainer in family mediation and child protection mediation, training privately and through Western University Certificate Program in Conflict Resolution and recently in the Graduate Diploma Program in Conflict Resolution at Carleton University.

When not mediating Kathleen enjoys reading, travel, food and laughter with family and friends (especially with her three grandsons who are all under 2.)

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Jo-Anne Barber

Mediator

Denis Blake

IRC

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After completion of his diploma in Law and Security from Cambrian College, Denis completed a career of 32 years in the Ontario Provincial Police, as a Detective Sergeant, in 2010 working primarily in the areas of criminal investigations and internal complaints. He now works as a consultant to the UCCM Police Services on Manitoulin Island with their civilian oversight committee, as a Court Support Officer and with Mediation North. He enjoys travel with his wife and hosting family and friends who visit their home on beautiful Manitoulin Island.

Gerry Brouillette

Mediator

Cathy Cartwright

Mediator and IRC

Cathy Cartwright, a proud mother of two adult sons, daughter-in-law and 2 grandchildren, lives in North Bay, Ontario. As a registered social worker (RSW) and an accredited family mediator (AccFM) working with distressed men, women and children for over 20 years, Cathy has been providing services for both victims and accused persons in Domestic Violence matters, covering a range of social issues including: self-esteem; separation/marriage/relationships; co-parent or parent-teen relationships; grief and loss counselling, anxiety and depression.

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Cathy’s Human Services Counsellor designation from George Brown College in mental health, criminal justice, and addictions, led her to continued education at York University where she completed Bachelor degrees in both Psychology and Social Work and ultimately, a Master in Social Work. She trained through both York and Guelph Universities for her accreditation as a Family Mediator.

As a Certified Social Worker and Family Mediator, Cathy works from a philosophy precluding shame and blame. Through a solution-focused format, she is able to provide each client with a confidential, private and safe environment for counselling and mediation sessions, working with clients to problem-solve, strategize and create their achievable action plans.

Cathy is recognized through First Nation and Inuit Health as an approved service provider, as well as providing services through several Employment Assistance Programs.

Larry Chud

Mediator and IRC

 

Larry brings to The Mediation Centre extensive experience as a guidance counselor in the high school system. He earned his Masters of Education in counseling from OISE. Larry was very involved as a trainer in peer mediation within the school system. He graduated from the McMaster Family Mediation Diploma program having completed a practicum with The Family Mediation Centre and he entered into the internship program.

Larry became an IRC and SSP facilitator in 2004 and a mediator at The Mediation Centre shortly thereafter. In 2006, Larry joined the Board of Directors for OAFM and served as the President of the Ontario Association of Family Mediators for two years. Larry is also an accredited mediator on The Ontario Child Protection Mediator Roster.

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Dan Filipovic

Mediator

Krista Fortier

Mediator

Mandy Fowler

IRC

Debbie Georgison

Mediator and IRC

Elissa Hasell

IRC

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Elissa Hasell obtained her BA in 1975 and her B. ED in 1977.  She taught for 31 years with the Lakehead District School Board and joined Mediation North as an IRC in 2011.  When not working, Elissa enjoys spending time at her cottage on Lake Superior with her family and  friends – both human and canine.

 

Joe Houlton

Mediator

Joe earned his BA in 1986, HBSW in 1990, and MSW in 2005.  He retired in 2018 after 32 years working in Children’s Mental Health specializing in separation/divorce and the impact on children, as well as working with high conflict families.

Joe became an accredited family and Child Protection Mediator in 2010.  While having various hobbies, Joe can most often be found with family and friends on the lake with a fishing rod in his hand.

Randy Jackson

IRC

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Randy Jackson is a Certified Professional Business Coach and a two-time Honours graduate of Ryerson University with over 8 years of experience in Family Law Education.

In his spare time, he can be found sailing the amongst the 14,600 islands of Lake of the Woods in his wee sailboat TMB Fanny Dunker, cruising the Grenadines on a tall ship or hosting a Pirate Treasure Hunt with his five granddaughters at the family cottage.

 

Noella Labine-Bustraen

Mediator and IRC

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Noella Labine-Bustraen has been a Family Mediator since 2016.  She completed her B.A. in Psychology 2006 and has Diploma in Business Administration.  After working 20 years in accounting and administration she left to follow her passion of helping families.  Currently she works with both adults and children in the fields social services and education.  She along with her former spouse have coparented their almost adult children for the past 15 years and have proudly watched them grow into outstanding people.

 

Judy Lacey

Mediator and IRC

Judy has an Honours BA in Child and Cognitive Psychology and Principals Qualifications, both from York University in Toronto. She is an accredited mediator with OAFM.

Judy taught elementary school and was a Principal for twelve years. While teaching, she realized the impact that family conflict has on children’s learning and became interested in Family Mediation.

Judy is a grandparent to three wonderful boys and in her spare time she plays in the Northern Lights Steel Orchestra and trains and rides her horse.

 

Lise Landriault

IRC and Mediation Intern

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Lise Landriault obtained her B.A. in Psychology in 2001, her Third Party Neutral Certificate in 2016 and her Family Mediation Certificate in 2018. She is performing the Information Referral Coordinator function while completing her Mediator internship. When not working, Lise enjoys cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, ice skating, inline skating and swimming with her daughters.

 

Larry Marin

Mediator and IRC

Larry has been studying and teaching conflict management for more than twenty years. He has run workshops and seminars for fellow professionals and has trained peer mediators. He is a committed advocate of cooperative problem-solving and peaceful conflict resolution.

After graduating from McMaster University’s Family Mediation program, he interned with the Mediation Centre and was accredited as a Family Law Mediator in 2008. In 2010 he added accreditation as a Child Protection Mediator and is on the Ontario CP Med roster. He has provided on-site mediation services at several family courts and works extensively with a number of Children’s Aid Societies.

He is a volunteer presenter for the Mandatory Information Program at the Milton Superior Court of Justice.

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Lynn McCaig

Mediator and IRC

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Lynn McCaig began mediating in 2011 after retiring from a Senior Management position in the Ontario government.  Lynn is a graduate of the Ontario Police College (1982); the Ontario Management Development Program certificate program from Sault College (1982); and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from of Laurentian University (2000). Lynn and his wife enjoy time with their two grown children, pets, family and friends.

Gwen McDonald

Mediator

Colleen McLeod

IRC

Joyce Melbourne

IRC

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Joyce Melbourne has an MA in Sociology and obtained her LLB in 2004. She worked in various jobs and has owned a couple of businesses including her law firm until she retired from practicing law in December 2015. She and her sister live happily in a small northern town where she regularly goes to the gym, tends to her garden and is trying to become a competent painter.

Connie Melon

IRC

Heather-Ann Mendes

Mediator

Heather-Ann Mendes was admitted to the Ontario Bar in July 2005 and she graduated from the University of Windsor Law School. Prior to completing law school Heather completed her Honours Bachelor of Business Administration from Wilfrid Laurier University.

Heather’s primary areas of practice are in Family Law and Child Protection Law.  Heather has been a Collaborative Family Law Lawyer for 10 years and she has been a Family Law Mediator for 5 years.

In addition to spending time with her husband and three young children, Heather dedicates her time to local community boards and organizations, particularly those focused on Arts & Culture.

Brian Parsons

Mediator

B.A., AccFM (OAFM), CP Med.

Family Mediator 2000; Child Protection Mediator 2002

Brian has provided Family Mediation and Child Protection Mediation with the Family Mediation Centre from 2000 and with Mediation North since 2011.

Brian conducts mediations On-Site and Off-Site throughout Southwestern and Northern Ontario. Brian is also called upon to mediate civil matters and regularly coaches mediation trainings for Ontario Government Ministries, Agencies and in the private sector.

Brian brings rich experience in business and government administration.

Brian continues to play competitive hockey and enjoys spending time with family and friends.

Karen Patterson

Mediator

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Karen lives in beautiful Muskoka with her husband and senior dog.  As a new empty-nester, she fills her days with as much nature as possible and enjoys hiking, skiing and kayaking in her spare time. Karen is passionate about the needs of children during a family separation and is a strong advocate for including the Voice of the Child in her mediation practice. Karen has been a member of the Mediation North team since 2011 and offers both On Site and Off Site mediation services with the North Bay site.

Kathryn Pirie

Mediator

Bailey Puddister

Mediator and IRC

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Bailey obtained her Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) degree from Nipissing University. Bailey has worked within the family court system for over 10 years and became an Accredited Family Mediator in early 2017.

In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her beloved 10 year old Newfoundland dog, Ari, her family and friends and practicing yoga.

Judy O’Gorman

Mediator and IRC

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Judy O’Gorman obtained her H.B.S.W. in 1977 and her M.S.W. in 1985. She has worked as a front-line Social Worker and Manager in Child Protection and Children’s Mental Health for 36 years retiring in 2014. Judy has worked in most of Northwestern Ontario including the northern fly-in communities.  She completed her mediation program in 2014 and has been providing mediation services since then. Judy enjoys reading, photography, gardening, and country living.

Mardi Plomp

IRC

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Mardi received her Bachelor of Education and Principals’ courses primarily at Lakehead University and York University.  She formally retired in 2005 and has participated in many careers and occupations fulfilling her retirement years.  She currently teaches 50 days a year( now over 40 years with all ages of children and young adults,) works as an IRC for Family Law in Dryden, is The City’s Marriage Commissioner, is a Funeral Officiant and invigilates for a Banking and Insurance Company. Her community volunteering raised $650,000 with her Dream Believer team for research for cancer and machines for our local hospital.  Mardi is the upcoming President of Rotary.  She has owned her own Accessory Store and is a Reflexologist.  Mardi believes life is to be busy and enjoys as much as possible. Her favourite past times are to spend time with her family as a Nana, to garden, golf, and travel with her amazing spouse Frederick and her wonderful friends.

Silvija Raginskis

IRC

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Silvija Raginskis obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology with Western University in 2003 and her Social Service Worker Diploma with Honours in 2000.  Silvija was the first recipient of the Joe Barth Justice and Peace Award, awarded at King’s University College for serving as a Volunteer Parole Officer and belief in helping people through various Social Service systems. When not working, Silvija enjoys spending time camping and boating with her husband, friends and family.

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Julie Simard

Mediator and IRC

Julie is a proud Franco Ontarian who has been working with children and families for over 15 years. Julie is a Registered Social Worker (RSW) who obtained her Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) from the University of Ottawa in 2008.  Julie started her career as a Child Protection Worker working with children and families experiencing domestic violence and high conflict separations. It is through her work as a Child Protection Worker that Julie’s interest for family mediation began. Julie obtained her Accredited Family Mediator (AccFM) designation in 2014 and her Child Protection Mediator (CPMed) designation in 2015. As a Registered Social Worker and Accredited Family and Child Protection Mediator, Julie assists individuals and families through a solution-focussed and strength-based approach.  Wherever children are involved, Julie is guided by a process which focusses on keeping them at the heart of every intervention. Helping parents and caregivers minimize the negative impacts of separation on children is Julie’s priority.

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In addition to providing Family Court Mediation and Information Services, Julie operates a private practice through which she provides consultation, counselling and mediation services to adults, children and families within her community. Julie is also a service provider for several Employee and Family Assistance Programs.

 

Julie was born and raised in Northern Ontario. After completing her studies and working in Ottawa for several years, Julie made the decision to return to Northern Ontario in 2013 as she missed its beauty and peacefulness. Ever since her return, Julie has made it a point to appreciate what Northern Ontario is all about.  In her spare time, Julie enjoys gardening, spending time with family, spending time at the cottage, sea-doing, ski-doing, fishing & hunting with her partner Jason.

Donna Strickland

Mediator

Donna is a registered social worker with the College of Social Workers and Social Services Workers with a background in Children’s Mental Health and a specialization in separation and divorce. She became an accredited mediator in 2010.  Donna resides in Thunder Bay, Ontario and happily spends much of her time with her two sons, and their families, at hockey games and dance recitals that her grandchildren are involved in.

Andrew Thomson

Mediator

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Married to Sandra for 43 years. They have five children and nine grandchildren. Andrew graduated in 1973 with a BA (Honours History) from WLU, and in 1976 with an LLB from the University of Western Ontario. He has been a lawyer since 1978 doing primarily family law and other litigation. Accredited Family Mediator since 2015. He enjoys boating and helping at Mrs. T’s BnB. He enjoyed reading and British TV mysteries with his wife.

Sandra Thomson

IRC and Mediation Intern

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Married for 43 years to Andrew. Stay-at-home mom for three boys and two girls. Public school teacher for 25 years and head teacher for the last five years of her career. Since her retirement, she has been the hostess for a successful bed and breakfast (Mrs. T’s BnB). She enjoys gardening, boating, jogging, singing alto in choirs, playing the piano, writing, reading, and watching British TV mysteries (her much-loved little papillon is named Barnaby Poirot) and being Grandma to nine grandchildren.

Janis Wessel

IRC

Janis has worked with Urban Indigenous people since 2000.  Her area of service includes Health Outreach, Life-Long Care, FASD, Healing, and Wellness with Families in Crisis at the Friendship Centre.  Presently she is a Homeward Liaison with the Friendship Centre.

Mother to four, grandmother to five.

Carrie Wilton

Mediator and IRC

Carrie is an Accredited Mediator with OAFM and has also been a member of their board since 2015. She possesses a Bachelor of Arts degree Cum Laude in Law and Justice and also a Master of Arts degree in Dispute Resolution. As a mediator, Carrie mostly focuses on developing parenting plans for separated families. She is a clinician with the Office of the Children’s Lawyer and works closely with families to develop child-focused parenting arrangements.