The Family Mediation Centre Team

All mediators and Information & Referral Coordinators (IRC’s) have been approved by the Ministry of the Attorney General of the Government of Ontario, to provide services to the Ministry’s strict standards. For our mediators, and amongst other impressive credentials, this includes having the designation of Accredited Family Mediator (Acc.F.M.) from the Ontario Association of Family Mediation (OAFM). Our Mediators work as a team in one or more of our nine court locations.

In Memory of Our Founder

Kathleen Ann Chapman
B.A., (Honours), LLB., AccFM (OAFM), AccEM (OAFM), CP Med (Harvard Trained)
1947 – 2020

A tireless community builder and advocate for vulnerable communities, Kathleen was particularly passionate about supporting low-income families and mothers and children in violent situations. Her integrity and values guided her daily and shined throughout her life.

Called to the bar in 1976, Kathleen was only the second woman to practice family law in London, Ontario. In the early 1980’s she successfully represented Ontario’s first openly gay mother to obtain custody of her child, winning again when the decision was appealed. She also successfully represented a father, helping him obtain custody at a time when legal doctrine was to award custody of children under the age of seven to their mother.

Kathleen believed that mediation would reduce the trauma she saw inflicted on children and families by an adversarial, rigid, and costly legal court process. She founded The Family Mediation Centre (A Division of The Mediation Centre Inc.) in 1983 and began providing government-funded mediation services in London in 1995. By 2011, she was responsible for mediation services in almost half of all family courts in Ontario (including co-directing 11 courts across northern Ontario) through which thousands of families found support.

 

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Pamela Porodo, CPA, SW (Honours), AccFM (OAFM)
Director, The Family Mediation Centre

Pamela Porodo is honoured to begin the journey of steering The Family Mediation Centre with the guidance, experience and wisdom of the Founder, Kathleen Chapman.

By way of an exceptionally diverse background in finance, entrepreneurship, hospitality, and crisis management, Pamela has governed organizations as Managing Director in four countries. In addition, Pamela has worked to institute and advance community development programs focusing on poverty reduction, women’s empowerment, addiction and mental health services at both an international and localized level. In response to the 2004 tsunami that violently struck the coasts of South East Asia, Pamela established and managed a charity in Sri Lanka that coordinated with the Red Cross, the World Health Organization, and Doctors Without Borders providing international emergency and immediate relief aid to victims around the world.

Upon returning to Canada, Pamela decided to take a position as an IRC for the Family Mediation Centre in 2017. Since that time, Pamela completed the educational requirements to become an Accredited Family Mediator, AccFM (OAFM).

Pamela continues to lead on a volunteer basis, The Impakt Aid Society of Canada, an international volunteer organization that created the Work For Widows program, empowering widowed and vulnerable women globally.

It is with great privilege and excitement for Pamela to bring her years of business management aptitude and social work experience to the clients and highly skilled team of The Family Mediation Centre.

Breanne Becker from The Family Mediation Centre

Breanne Becker, B.AA, LL.B (UK), Acc.FM (OAFM)
Family Mediator 2016, IRC, MIP Facilitator/Presenter

Breanne holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from Queen Mary University of London (United Kingdom) and a Bachelor of Applied Arts degree in Paralegal Studies from Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning.

Breanne is an accredited professional Family Mediator by the Ontario Association of Family Mediation (OAFM) in 2015 and mediates On-Site and Off-site with The Family Mediation Centre throughout southwestern Ontario. Breanne mediates a full variety of family issues, including separation and divorce, custody and access, parenting plans, child and spousal support, and property division. She has a child-centered approach to her mediation practice and is committed to helping families resolve issues out of court in an efficient and cost-effective manner.

Breanne has conducted more than 500 hours of mediation and drafted more than 100 memorandums of understanding. Breanne also provides Information Referral Services (IRC) and presents the Mandatory Information Program.

Breanne is an active volunteer with the Children’s Aid Society of London and Middlesex and with St. Leonard’s Community Services in the Youth Justice Committee Circle program.

Brenda Atkison, B.A., B.S.W., M.S.W., AccFM (OAFM),

Brenda is an accredited Family Mediator (Acc.F.M.) with the Ontario Association of Family Mediation (OAFM), since March 1993. Brenda qualified as a Child Protection Mediator, CP Med, in 2005, and practiced Child Protection Mediation to 2016.

Brenda has been mediating professionally in London/St. Thomas since 2000 with The Mediation Centre, and has mediated more than 350 family cases involving parenting plans, child support, spousal support and simple property division. In addition to mediating 1-2 days per week On-site at Family Court, working closely with clients, their legal counsel and the Court, Brenda regularly carries five to seven off-site mediation files, and has supervised and mentored six mediation interns. She receives supervision for complex mediation files and attends annual continuing education courses, including 10 hours per year of domestic violence training. Brenda has been provider with ADR Link in London to provide Child Protection Mediation to CAS and their clients to reach resolution of child protection matters from 2005 to 2016, and has been trained by the High Conflict Institute to work with high conflict clients.

Brenda received a BA. BSW from McMaster University in 1974, and MSW from Wilfrid Laurier University in 1977.
As a clinical social worker, Brenda also maintained a psychotherapy practice as a Marriage and Family Therapist in London from 1990 to 2018. Brenda has a strong interest in supporting families experiencing difficulties, both within the Family Court system and in her private practice, assisting parents and children navigating parental separation and divorce.

When not mediating Brenda enjoys travel, reading, golf and time with family and friends.

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Brian Parsons, 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.

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Doug Searle, BSW, MSW, RSW, AccFM

Doug is an accredited Family Mediator (Acc.F.M.) with the Ontario Association of Family Mediation (OAFM), mediating professionally since 1991with the Family Mediation Centre. Doug has mediated more than 3500 hours and completing more than 350 Memorandums of understanding. Doug mediates cases Off-Site that are not in court and also mediates cases On-Site at the London Court House.

Doug completed a Bachelors of Social Work Degree (BSW) at King’s College, University of Western Ontario in 1988. He completed a Master’s of Social Work Degree at Wilfrid Laurier University in 1992. Doug’s Master’s research thesis was focused upon domestic violence treatment and prevention.

Doug started his professional career as a therapist at a London family counselling centre where he provided individual, couple, and family counselling for 12 years. Doug played a key role in the Agency’s domestic violence treatment and prevention program. Doug was also an active member of the Agency’s employee assistance program (EAP) team providing professional counselling services to local businesses and institutions. Doug continues to participate in training related to Domestic Violence identification and prevention.

Outside of his family mediation practice, Doug is an intermediary/negotiator active in the financial services sector.

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Joanne Beasley, B.A. (Honours), LLB, AccFM (OAFM), CP Med
Lawyer/Family 1999; Child Protection 2002

Joanne Beasley is an accredited (OAFM) family mediator and member of the Family Mediation Centre, London since 2000.
Joanne is a practising family lawyer managing her busy law firm in London for 29 years. Her law firm is involved in a full practice of family law including divorce, custody, support, and property division.

Joanne has conducted mediations involving more than 1000 hours and prepared more than 225 memorandums of understanding. Joanne is also a Child Protection Roster Mediator on the Ontario Child Protection Mediation Roster and a Settlement Conference Facilitator for Legal Aid Ontario.

Her community involvement includes past Co-Chair of Investing in Children, Chair of Women’s Community House (now ANOVA) and Chair of Board of Merrymount Children’s Centre.

When not mediating or practicing law, Joanne may be cooking or in a yoga studio.

Julianne Momirov, AccFM (OAFM)

Julianne Momirov has been an accredited mediator since 2014. She brings her working background as a Family Law Clerk to the practice of family mediation, as well as her advanced educational background in Sociology and Political Science. She has taught at the university and college levels and is the primary author of the second (and proposed third) editions of Family Violence: A Canadian Introduction, published by Lorimer and used in post-secondary educational courses.

She has successfully mediated many parenting plans, trying to help parents find more effective ways to communicate with one another and to foster respect and empathy.
Julianne has two beautiful granddaughters and loves spending time with them. She shares her home with a Yorkipoo named Clementine and a Ragdoll cat named Napoleon. She enjoys painting animals and flowers, making crepe paper flowers, reading, and knitting in her spare time.

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Taylor Jack, B.A., BHU Serv., AccFM (OAFM)

Taylor Jack is an accredited Family Mediator (Acc. F.M.) with the Ontario Association of Family Mediation (OAFM), since 2014 and is also a Family Group Co-ordinator since 2011.

Taylor has been mediating professionally in London, St. Thomas, Woodstock, Chatham and Sarnia since 2015. Taylor has mediated more than three hundred hours (300) of Family cases involving the full range of Family Law issues. Taylor mediates cases Off-Site that are not in court and also mediates cases On-Site in the Court house. Taylor is an information and referral coordinator (IRC) in London, St Thomas, Woodstock, Chatham and Sarnia.

Taylor Jack attended Fanshawe College from 2002-2004 and received a diploma in Social Service Work, then attended Griffith University (Australia) from 2006-2008 and received Bachelor of Human Services with a major in Family and Community Welfare. Taylors academic involvement continued at the University of Western Ontario from 2008-2010 and received a certificate ADR Conflict Studies.

Taylor Jack also became a Family Group Co-ordinator through the George Hull Centre in 2011 having completed a mentorship with Todd Perreault.

Taylor Jack also completes a minimum of ten(10) hours of annual training which includes an annual conference for continuing education relating to Domestic Violence.

Taylor is an assistant Hockey coach in the North London Nationals IP Program.

When not mediating, Taylor enjoys grappling sports, hockey, hiking and spending time outdoors.

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Terry Hainsworth, B.A., (Honours), LL.B., AccFM (OAFM
Lawyer, Family Mediator 2014, Arbitrator

Terry Hainsworth is an accredited Family Mediator (Acc.F.M.) with the Ontario Association of Family Mediation (OAFM), since 2014 and a Qualified Arbitrator (Q.Arb.)

Terry Hainsworth has been mediating professionally in London since 2014. Terry has mediated more than 100 Family cases involving the full range of Family Law issues. Terry mediates cases Off-Site that are not in court and also mediates cases On-Site in the Court.

Terry attended UWO and obtained his LL.B. (with Honours) has also attended annual continuing education courses and training in Domestic Violence.

Terry is a retired lawyer who practiced for over 42 years. Over the years, he has taught at the University of Western Ontario’s law school and the Ontario Bar Admission course. He is a frequent lecturer at continuing education programs for the Canadian Bar Association and the Law Society of Upper Canada. He is the author of several textbooks on Family Law. He has developed courses in family law for the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario and the Canadian Institute of Chartered Business Valuators.

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Catherine Wentworth, B.A., AccFM (OAFM)

Cathi Wentworth, B.A. (Western) has been an Accredited Family Mediator (AccFM) with the Ontario Association of Family Mediation (OAFM) since 2011 is also a Child Protection Mediator, (CPMed OAFM).

Cathi has been mediating both Onsite, for parties who are involved in court process, and Offsite, for parties who may or may not be involved in court, since 2011 with the court-connected mediation services at the courts in Woodstock, Stratford, Owen Sound, the Ontario Courts of Justice in Toronto (47 Sheppard Ave. E., and 311 Jarvis) and since 2014 at the Superior Court of Justice, Family Branch in Oshawa.

As part of ongoing education, Cathi participates in annual professional training including the mandated annual Domestic Violence Training.

Cathi is also a member of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC).

In her private practice, Cathi provides Comprehensive Mediation Services in Grey and Bruce Counties and the GTA.

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Johnette Kelly-Barrera, AccFM (OAFM)

Johnette Kelly-Barrera is an accredited Family Mediator (Acc.F.M.) with the Ontario Association of Family Mediation (OAFM)(2012) and is also certified as a Child Protection Mediator (CP Med., OAFM 2013) with additional certificates in developing comprehensive Parenting Plans through Parent Coordination Training (2014) as well as Openness Adoption Mediation (OAFM, 2014). Johnette is also fully trained and experienced as an Information Referral Coordinator (2011).

Prior to becoming a mediator, Johnette worked in the field of Social Services with the Ministry of Community and Social Services for 30 years providing assistance to Ontarians in need of a hand up. Ten of those years were spent preparing and defending cases in Ontario Provincial Court (Family Division) securing financial support for children being raised on social assistance. Negotiated agreements were drafted by Johnette and either captured in Minutes of Settlement to a Court Order or in written agreements that were signed, witnessed, dated and filed with the Court and registered for enforcement. It was due to this experience that Johnette became an ambassador for mediation in resolving family court matters.

Johnette has been mediating professionally in Chatham-Kent and surrounding area mediating in Family cases involving the full range of Family Law issues. She mediates cases Off-Site that are not in court and also mediates cases On-Site in the Court house providing assistance to both represented and unrepresented clients at the request of clients, lawyers, duty counsel and the judiciary. She also has a modest private practice located in Chatham. With Johnette’s assistance, clients generally reduce the number of Court appearances that could otherwise be necessary thereby saving both time and money for the clients and the legal system while relieving stress on both. Johnette also has experience mediating cases involving grandparents that have resulted in developing harmonious relationships that ultimately benefit the children and families involved. She also attends annual continuing education courses and training in Domestic Violence.

Johnette is also involved in the community in a variety of activities donating time and resources. She regularly volunteers as a Board Member with Chatham-Kent Restorative Justice; a program to assist in diverting youth from criminal charges and court experiences as well as providing safety training in schools.

When Johnette is not mediating she is passionate about reading, gardening, traveling and most especially spending time with her family and three grandchildren.

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Lydia Gonzalez, AccFM (OAFM)

Lydia González is an accredited Family Mediator (Acc.F.M.) with the Ontario Association of Family Mediation (OAFM), since. July 26, 2016 and has since been mediating professionally in Sarnia and Chatham primarily. Lydia has mediated more than 100 files (approximately 405 hours of Family cases involving the full range of Family Law issues) since her accreditation in mid 2016. Lydia mediates clients off-site whom do not have a matter in court and clients on-site that are in the court process.

Lydia has extensive training, knowledge and 19 years of work experience in the Anti-Money Laundering (Terrorist Financing) field, Non-Violent Crisis Intervention, Problem Gambling, Management Coaching and has her Professional Certificate in Conflict Management through Western University Continuing Education Program. Lydia has also attends annual continuing education courses and training in Domestic Violence.

When not mediating, Lydia enjoys being outdoors with her kayak and dogs, cooking and spending time with family.

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Natalie Charette, B.A., AccFM (OAFM), Hons BA in Philosophy, Minor in Sustainability, as well as a Diploma in Social Services

Natalie Charette is an Associate Family Mediator (Acc.F.M.) with the Ontario Association of Family Mediation (OAFM), since 2011.
Natalie’s work in Mediation stems from a fruitful career in Social Services with the focus to end Gender-Based Violence, as a Legal Advocate in the City of Hamilton.

Natalie has been mediating professionally in Northern and Southern parts of Ontario since 2011 and has settled her practice in the London, St. Thomas and Woodstock communities. Natalie has mediated more than 1000+ hours of Family cases involving the full range of Family Law issues. Natalie mediates cases Off-Site that are not in court and also mediates cases On-Site in the Court house.

Natalie attended McMaster University From 2012-2016, Mohawk College in Hamilton from 2002-2004, and has been recognized by McMaster University for her contributions as as Field Supervisor in the School of Social Work.

Natalie attends annual continuing education courses and training on the topic of Domestic Violence and Gender-based Violence.
Natalie has been a presenter on the topic of Domestic Violence and the topic of the Best Interest of the Child and a key note speaker on Sustainability and Action.

Natalie is a leader in her local community, advocating for grassroots environmental and sustainable efforts. Natalie has been recognized for her efforts in grant writing, in 2016 McMaster University published her research on the topic of Sustainability and Community Action.

When not mediating Natalie has as keen interest in the environment and shares this passion with her family.

Our Information and Referral Coordinators (IRC)

Pamela Porodo, CPA, SW (Honours), AccFM (OAFM)

 Lana Fleming, B.A

 Megan Steer, B.A.

 Heather Yacula, B.A.

 Taylor Jack, B.A., BHU Serv., AccFM (OAFM)

 Breanne Becker, B.A..A, LL.B (UK), Acc.FM (OAFM)

 Amy Alton, B.S.W., R.S.W.

 Joanne Dunne, B.A.

 Sue Easun, B.A., B,Ed, PHd

 Johnette Kelly-Barrera, AccFM (OAFM)

 Tamara Khudair-Moran, B.A., S.S.W.

 Racheal Weltz, B.A.

 Lydia Gonzalez, AccFM (OAFM)

 Brenda Buis, CPP, APCC

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

 Catherine Wentworth, B.A., AccFM (OAFM)

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