Nancy’s mediation education began with her Human Resources Management Certificate which she obtained with Honours at Seneca College. She then built upon this foundation with her Alternative Dispute Resolution Certificate, focusing on negotiation, from the University of Windsor (Faculty of Law) and her Dispute Resolution Certificate, specializing in workplace mediation, from York University, School of Continuing Education.
While her initial focus was in workplace mediation, she was drawn more deeply to the field of family mediation, through her volunteer work at Warden Woods Community Centre. She experienced, first-hand, the challenges families face as couples separate and divorce. She obtained her Basic and Advanced Family Mediation Certificates from Cooperative Solutions and her Certificate in Family Law for Non-lawyers through Riverdale Mediation, which allowed her to earn her AccFM designation (Accredited Family Mediator) through the Ontario Association for Family Mediation (OAFM).
Nancy is currently in the process of completing her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology at York University and in the meantime has continued to expand her mediation expertise – she is certified as a specialist in open adoptions, a parenting coordinator, and, most recently, she received her AccEM designation for Elder Mediation with the OAFM.
Nancy is a former President of the Ontario Association for Family Mediation (OAFM), where she also served as Secretary, Vice- President and Director for five years. She served as a Chair and member of the Accreditation Committee, the Education Committee, and the Conference Committee. She continues to be a trainer for interning family mediators with the Peel Family Mediation Services Internship Program.
Nancy has been a roster mediator for the past six years with Peel Family Mediation Services (PFMS), which operates out of the Superior/Ontario Court of Justice in Brampton, Ontario. Previously, Nancy was a roster mediator with Durham Mediation Services, which operated out of the Superior Court of Justice, Family Branch, in Oshawa, Ontario.
It is clear from Nancy’s experience that she is passionately committed to working with separating families in a safe and open environment, conducive to creating effective and long-lasting solutions.