Meet Our Team

Our dedicated team is working hard to provide you the most comprehensive mediation services in the GTA

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Maggie Hall

B.Sc., M.S.W., LLM (ADR), CP Med., Acc.F.M.(OAFM)

Education:

Master of Laws (ADR), 2008, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University
Master of Social Work, 1986, University of Toronto
Honours Bachelor of Science (Psychology), 1984, University of Toronto

Professional Memberships:

Ontario College of Social Workers
Ontario Association of Social Workers
Ontario Association for Family Mediators (Accredited Mediator, Child Protection Roster Mediator, Ontario Child Protection Mediation Roster, CPMed Designation)
AFCC (Association of Family, Court and Community Professionals)
AFCC Ontario Chapter (Treasurer)

Clinical Focus:

Assessment, Counseling and Comprehensive Mediation Services for Families Experiencing Separation, Divorce or Remarriage
Marital and separation Counseling
Parent Coordination
Mediation in Child Protection Matters
Groups for families of separation
Work with families where there is an aligned child training

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Evelyn Vander Zaag

B.A., M.S.W., Acc.F.M (OAFM), CP Med.

Evelyn Vander Zaag has been a team member at the Mediation Centre since 1999. She is a registered Mental Health Practitioner, an accredited Family Mediator and is on the OAFM roster for Child Protection Mediation. She has been involved in the field of social work for over 30 years, and has served as a family mediator for 13 years. Evelyn has continued to expand her counselling skills through the completion of a certificate in Addiction Studies. She has used these skills to counsel individuals and families affected by problematic substance use.

In the past, Evelyn volunteered with a community Youth Justice initiative. More recently, she has been gaining experience in the area of elder mediation.

Evelyn provides comprehensive family mediation and child protection mediation services. Her goal in mediation is to provide separating parents a safe opportunity to make healthy decisions for themselves and their children.

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Larry Marin

B.A., B.Ed., AccFM(OAFM), CPMed

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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Larry Chud

B.Ed., M.Ed., AccFM(OAFM), CPMed

Larry Chud 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 is currently the President of the Ontario Association of Family Mediators. Larry is also an accredited mediator on The Ontario Child Protection Mediator Roster.

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Rick Beauchamp

MSW, LLM, AccFM(OAFM), CPMed

Rick worked for many years in counselling roles with children, youth and parents as a child and youth worker and as a probation officer.

Through his subsequent public sector management roles, Rick acquired additional skills in coaching, mentoring, goal-setting and problem-solving. Rick completed graduate studies in Social Work at McMaster University and in Law (Alternative Dispute Resolution) through Osgoode Hall, York University. His academic training and practical work experience have combined to offer a solid foundation for the practice of mediation.

In 2011, Rick established RFB Associates, a sole proprietorship dedicated to building leadership capacity and organizational excellence in the non-profit sector. In this management consulting role, Rick offers a range of services, including conflict resolution aimed at addressing problems that arise within or between organizations.

Since 2011, Rick has worked with the Mediation Centre and is experienced in both on-site and off-site mediation. In 2014, Rick was added to the OAFM roster for Child Protection Mediation.

Rick is highly motivated to assist people in effectively resolving their outstanding issues, allowing them to move forward in a positive and productive manner.

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Susan Peacey

MSW, RSW, AccFM(OAFM), CPMed

Lisa-Marie Pharand

AccFM(OAFM), CPmed

Lisa-Marie studied at Collège Boréal beginning in 2005, obtained her Advanced Family Mediation Certificate in 2010 from Conrad Grebel University College, interned with The Mediation Centre and is an Accredited Family Mediator with the Ontario Association of Family Mediation.

She has been a guest speaker on numerous occasions whether to groups of parents or professionals, speaking of Mediation and what the process offers to all members of a family facing separation.

She is also an Information and Referral co-ordinator and Mandatory Information Program co- ordinator at the Milton court. A francophone, Lisa-Marie offers services in both French and English.

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Steven Benmor

Steven Benmor of Benmor Family Law Group is certified as a specialist in family law by the Law Society of Upper Canada.  He graduated from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Science, then from the University of Windsor with a Bachelor of Laws and then from York University with a Master of Laws (Family Law).  He is one of the 43 Canadian Fellows of the International Academy of Family Law Lawyers.  He was a past adjunct professor of family law at Osgoode Hall Law School and at Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology.  He previously served as a panel lawyer with the Office of the Children’s Lawyer and the Office of the Public Guardian and Trustee.  His many volunteer positions include Chair of the Board of Access for Parents and Children of Ontario, Chair of the Family Law Section of the Ontario Bar Association, Founding Director and Treasurer of the Ontario Chapter of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, and Director of the Ontario Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse.  He was a member of the Expert Advisory Group on Family Justice Improvements to the then Attorney General, the Honourable Chris Bentley.  Steven is a frequent writer, presenter and contributor to family law education and press coverage. He was awarded the 2012 Distinguished Service Award by the Ontario Chapter of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts.

Steven credits his 3 (vocal) children for his greatest education in the field of family law.

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