Joan has worked with families for 45 years in a multitude of situations. She works as a mediator, arbitrator, parent coach, child specialist, mediator-arbitrator, parenting coordinator, and writer of reports (Hear the Child, Views of the Child, Full Section 211, and Gladue). She is formally educated in Child Care Work (diploma), Social Work, (Bachelor and Masters degrees) Law, Women’s Studies (Bachelor’s level) and Conflict Resolution (certificate)(mediation, negotiation, parent coordination and arbitration).
Joan holds designations as a Chartered Mediator, Chartered Arbitrator, and Chartered Mediator-Arbitrator with the ADR Institute of Canada, and is a Registered Social Worker with the BC College of Social Workers.
Joan is a member of the BC Mediator Roster Society Civil and Family Rosters, ADRBC rosters, the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC), ADR Institute of BC, BC Parent Coordination Roster Society, BC Hear the Child Society, Family Mediation Canada, the BC College of Social Workers, the BC Association of Social Workers, the Mediation Arbitration Roster, and the BC Ministry of Education Student Appeals Mediator and Adjudicator Rosters.
Joan lives with her partner and animal friends in Cobble Hill, B.C. and enjoys reading, horseback riding, swimming and traveling to see and learn new things about our world. She enjoys spending time with her grandsons and family, who teach her about the world through their eyes.