The Board of Directors are thrilled to announce that Mary-Anne Popescu has accepted the position of Executive Director of this organization. Her appointment comes after many years working as a volunteer for the Ontario Association for Family Mediation and this experience enables her to walk seamlessly into this new and exciting role. "I have known my place was to be a part of the Ontario Association for Family Mediation for many years, from Student, to Associate, to Accredited Family Mediator, to Board Member. I am honored to be appointed as the first Executive Director of the OAFM, the voice of Family Mediation in Ontario." "Together with the dedicated and knowledgeable staff, Board and volunteers, I will work passionately to advance the mission of the OAFM. To promote and ensure the professionalism of family mediation will be my purpose. To support fellow practitioners to allow them to better support the families they serve is my passion." Mary-Anne is located at our Toronto office and is available to attend to any of your concerns or issues.
Gwen has been facilitating mediation proceedings as the owner/operator of D R J Reconciliation Services within the Sault Ste. Marie area since 1999. She served in the capacity of a Referee/Hearings Officer for the Superior Court of Justice, Sault Ste. Marie for a period of 12 years. Presently, she serves as a court connected family mediator through Mediation North Inc. and is the Director of the Child Protection Program under OAFM. She is a partner in the firm of ACG Mediation Services in Sault Ste. Marie, ON. Her training in ADR has been attained through educational programs offered at the University of Minnesota, The Canadian International Institute of Applied Negotiation in Ottawa, Restorative Justice in Toronto, and Family Mediation in London and Sault Ste. Marie. She is accredited with OAFM as a Family and Child Protection Mediator. She also acquired a background in the paralegal field through her completion of the Paralegal Professional Development Program. Some of her previous experience has involved employment as an ADR provider for an Irish youth association under the umbrella of Clute & Associates. She worked as a co-coordinator for the Reintegration of Offenders & Restorative Justice Conferences through Correctional Services Canada and the Church Council on Justice and Corrections. She served as the co-coordinator for the People's Parliament on Poverty Conference through the former Member of Parliament (Mr. Tony Martin). Volunteer experience has included involvement with Amnesty International, Algoma Treatment & Remand Centre and Sault Workers Advocate Group. She also worked with Youth at risk through a local faith based organization.