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The Board of Directors consists of accomplished Family Mediators from across the Province of Ontario working together to promote family mediation and maintain the highest standards of accreditation.

Our Board is comprised of family mediators from diverse disciplines including law, social work, psychology and finance who represent every region of Ontario. Members are elected at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) for a three year term.

The Board develops and maintains standards for accreditation and continuing development in areas such as elder mediation and oversees the Executive Director and Director of Child Protection Mediation as they fulfill the objectives of the OAFM with a high degree of excellence.

Each Director is fully committed to ensuring that the OAFM remains the voice of family mediation in the Province of Ontario.

Meet the members of the Board

Jennifer Suzor practiced family law in Windsor for over 28 years at all levels of the Court in Ontario.  In 2004 she was Certified by the Law Society of Upper Canada as a Specialist in Family Law.  Now restricting her practice to mediation at Suzor Law and Mediation, she believes mediation should be the first choice for separating families in Ontario.  She is an Accredited Family Mediator, Child Protection Mediator and most recently an Accredited Elder Mediator. In 2010 she began to operate the expanded Information and Mediation Program of the Ministry of Attorney General for the County of Essex as the President of Bridging  Family Conflict.  Jennifer is the President of the Board of Directors of the Ontario Association for Family Mediation and has served on many other charitable boards.  She credits her experiences as a mother of four in a blended family as some of her toughest training.  Currently Jennifer is interested in furthering the recognition of mediation as a distinct profession.

 

Christine Kim

Vice President
Toronto

Christine Kim is a parenting mediator, Parenting Coordinator and part of the teaching team at Riverdale Mediation in Toronto. With over twenty years experience working in the Social Work field, Christine has worked with diverse groups, ranging from street kids to seniors, both locally and globally.

Christine graduated from the University of Toronto, receiving her Master of Social Work in the Interdisciplinary Graduate Collaborative Program in Ethnic-Pluralism. She is an Accredited Family Mediator with the Ontario Association of Family Mediation, and is a Child Protection Mediator on the Ontario roster. She also acts as a Clinical Investigator with the Ontario Children’s Lawyer.

Christine’s approach is family-focused and child-centered. She maintains the best interest of the child as the foundation for all negotiations. She ensures that the child’s voice is heard throughout her mediations, whether it is through interviews or through the parents or other significant individuals in the child’s life. Her intuitive nature combined with her goal-oriented focus has always been a successful combination towards reaching an agreement.

 

Gail Belchior has over 20 years of financial service industry experience.  As a Chartered Financial Divorce Specialist, accredited Family Mediator and Collaborative Team Practitioner, she works as a financial divorce consultant through her private practice, Financial Divorce Solutions.  Her focus is to help her clients use the right professional, at the right time for the right task, thereby saving them time, money and stress.  Through her network of family law lawyers, social workers, and other financial professionals she receives referrals and serves clients from Burlington through to Fort Erie.  Frequently, Gail speaks to individuals across Ontario as an approved EAP (Employee Assistance Program) consultant on separation and divorce topics.  She has also provided coaching through the York University, Family Mediation Certificate program.  She is founding member of SPA-Separation Professionals Alliance.   She is trained as an Early Neutral Consultant, a process that provides couples the opportunity to meet an unbiased professional together and review their unique situation, understand what process options they will have and how to prepare for different options.  This all part of Gail’s family friendly approach in finding more peaceful paths to follow and stay out of court.

 

Elizabeth Sterritt

Elizabeth Sterritt

Board Member
Richmond

Elizabeth Sterritt is a certified bilingual mediator, coach and trainer. Elizabeth brings a great deal of experience to the field of mediation, coaching and training. Her work in the field of coaching and mediation has given her a consummate understanding of the importance of the role of relationships. An accredited family mediator (OAFM), Elizabeth focuses on family conflict, with a special interest in intergenerational conflict and Elder Mediation. Elizabeth also mediates workplace conflict. She is a coach and mentor in the Graduate Certificate in Conflict Resolution program at Carleton University, where she coaches prospective mediators. Trained as a CODE Model TM Coach, Elizabeth infuses wisdom and enthusiasm into her coaching sessions. Elizabeth is the past-president of OAFM (Ottawa) and a member of the Collaborative Family Law Network in Ottawa, where she offers communications coaching as a neutral collaborative professional. Elizabeth Sterritt contributes a refreshing and effective approach to mediation, coaching and training. Elizabeth’s educational background enables her to engage her clients in a potent conversation regarding the importance of acquiring mindful conflict competence through reflective practice.‚Äč

 

Kathy Dunne

Board Member
Peterborough

Kathy Dunne has managed the mediation program for Four Counties Family Court Mediation Service for the past 11 years.  Four Counties Family Court Mediation has provided court connected mediation and information services through its contract with the Ministry of the Attorney General since 1999, and Kathy is proud of the reputation that has been achieved within the communities that they serve. Kathy became an Accredited Family Mediator (OAFM) in 2013, and is a passionate advocate for children's rights to have relationships with both parents.She finds it most rewarding when she can help parents work together to co-parent their children.

 

Nicole Stewart-Kamanga

Nicole Stewart-Kamanga

Board Member
Oakville

Nicole Stewart-Kamanga is a Family Lawyer and Accredited Family Mediator with a negotiation/mediation-based private practice in Oakville. She holds an LL.M. in ADR. Nicole is a panel lawyer with the Office of the Children’s Lawyer and sits on the Board of the Ontario Bar Association’s ADR Section. Before entering the practice of law, Nicole worked as a Children’s Advocate in a women’s shelter.

 

Malcolm Bennett

Malcolm Bennett

Board Member
London

As senior partner in the family law department at McKenzie Lake Lawyers LLP, Malcolm has over 40 years experience to assess clients' interests and needs that allows him to help families in an efficient and effective way.  Malcolm has expertise both in court and in mediation as an Accredtied Family Mediator AccFM and Arbitrator in Family Law. After nearly 40 years of practice, Malcolm's focus is on solutions and resolution.

 

Carrie-Lynn Wilton

Secretary
Prince Township

Carrie-Lynn Wilton is a bilingual accredited family mediator with the Ontario Association for Family Mediation practicing privately as well as in the courts in Northern Ontario. She is also on the clinical panel of the Office of the Children's Lawyer, completing custody and access assessments from a child-centred approach. 

Carrie-Lynn holds a Master of Arts degree in Dispute Resolution from the University of Victoria and has a background in child welfare. She believes that families, being the experts of their own lives, and the lives of their children, are better able to come to an suitable agreement if provided with the tools to do so. She works with families to help them find common ground and come to a mutually satisfactory agreement while always keeping the children as most important.

 

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