WHAT IS MEDIATION?
Mediation is a voluntary process of resolving disputes where an accredited neutral person (the Mediator) helps the parties to resolve disputes and achieve agreements/settlements.
Kim Gallow worked for the Ontario Public Service for years, engaged in supervising and helping individuals in conflict with the law including both youth and adults and spent several years in the labour relations environment. This was significant experience in the areas of care, supervision, negotiations, and mediation.
Her primary areas of practice are Family Mediation, Elder Mediation, Workplace Mediation and Community Mediation. She has extensive experience in Social Services in Ministry of Children and Youth Services and Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services.
AccFM - Ontario Association of Family Mediation (OAFM)
AccEM - Ontario Association of Family Mediation (OAFM)
FDRP - Family Dispute Resolution of Ontario (FDRIO)
Q.Med - Alternative Dispute Resolution of Ontario (ADRIO)
DEGREES & DESIGNATIONS
Family Mediation Certificate (York University)
Executive Certificate of Conflict Management (University of Windsor Law School)
MCA / Masters of Criminology Applied
HBA / Honours Bachelor Sociology/Political Science
USES OF MEDIATION
Kim understands the real financial, practical, and emotional challenges you are facing. Sometimes it is hard to know what to do or where to turn. Elder Mediation dispute or conflict involving older adults offers the opportunity to create and sustain family relationships. She will guide you through a mediation process, identifying the things you need to be thinking about and supporting you as you move forward, assisting the parties to make decisions and achieve agreements. She will work alongside you in a cost-effective way. It is very important for Kim to help you reach your goals and move forward in your life.
• Wrongful Termination
• Human Rights
• Labour Management
SEPARATION and DIVORCE:
• Custody and Access (parenting plans on best interest of children)
•Child Support and/or Spousal Support
• Financial and Property Division and Equalization
• Comprehensive - All Issues - Parenting, Support & Property
• Offers the opportunity to create and sustain family relationships
• Improving the lives of families by helping them discuss and plan for a more peaceful future.
• Manage Conflict
• Dispute Resolution
-- FAMILY MEDIATION --
Mediation is an approach that involves meeting together with a neutral, the Mediator, who guides the parties in respectful conversation towards an agreement/settlement.
Mediation services are working with an accredited Mediator which is a third neutral party helping separating parties to negotiate on issues such as custody, parenting plans, support, and property division to reach mutual beneficial agreements. You control and create the outcome with your spouse or partner.
Mediation can be empowering for the parties. The idea is that individuals can express their concerns, ideas and emotions with each other during the process.
Mediation allows the parties to maintain control over their lives, voluntarily negotiating the terms of their separation in a way that's best for them. It supports parties moving forward with their lives.
Kim is available for a free initial consultation to speak with the parties if you would like to learn more about the mediation process. She will answer any specific questions, explain how mediation could work for you and outline the steps involved. If both parties decide to proceed, an initial session is arranged to meet with each party separately. to provide background, concerns, and perspective on the issues to be resolved and to discuss the process with the participants. The next step are joint session where the parties work through their identified issues to achieve a separation agreement.
What is the cost?
Mediation is a lower cost option for resolving family law issues. If the parties are able to agree to their issues, Kim will prepare a Mediation report. In Family Mediation, each party then takes the Mediation report to their lawyers, who use it as a basis for a Separation Agreement.
-- ELDER MEDIATION --
Mediation is an approach that involves meeting together with a neutral, the Mediator, who guides the family members in positive conversations to support the family relationships. It lends itself well to resolution of disagreements with people of advanced age.
Mediation services is a confidential process working with an accredited Mediator which is a neutral party preserving the autonomy of the family and allows for family planning. It is a safe and empowering process that resolves existing disputes or proactively deals with future ones. It allows families to create their own solutions completed in a timely fashion. It brings families together and avoids costly litigation. Mediation gives each participant, and generation, a voice tailored to the needs of your family.
Kim is available for a free initial consultation to speak with family members if you wish to learn more about the elder mediation process. She will answer any specific questions, explain how mediation could support you and your family and outline the steps involved. If family members decide to proceed, an initial session can be arranged to meet with each family member separately, to discuss goals, hopes, and any worries or concerns. The next step are joint sessions where family members work together to resolve matters and support the lives of families by helping them discuss and plan for a more peaceful future.
What is the cost?
Mediation is a lower costs option for resolving the dispute or conflict involving older adults. If the family is able to resolve disputes or conflicts, Kim can prepare a Mediation report if required.
-- WORKPLACE MEDIATION --
Workplace mediation is a confidential, voluntary process in which a neutral mediator assists individuals to resolve conflict and dispute and assist them in achieving mutually acceptable agreements. This mediation offers benefits to employer and employees. Mediation can be effective in both union and non-union setting and a various level within the workplace. The primary goal is to leave the parties better able to work together. Mediation is recognized as a crucial and cost effective tool toward resolving some of the most common and difficult conflicts occurring in the workplace.
Kim will consult in advance with the workplace representative to obtain the necessary information related to the workplace conflict, to learn of expectations of confidentiality and report back.
Voluntary agreements can then be written up at the end of mediation. There can also be follow up in the future at the workplace to review how agreements have worked out.
Mediation is a voluntary process where the mediator is a neutral third party to assist parties in their negotiations to achieve an agreement. The mediator's role also ensures that each person involved feels safe, comfortable and able to express and consider each other's concerns. The mediator may not make decisions for the parties, and the parties may end the mediation at any time.
If the parties are successful in negotiating an agreement on all of the identified issues, the mediator can prepare a Mediation Report.
Once both parties have indicated their willingness to mediate, the mediation process will begin.
Kim will meet with each party individually prior to commencing a joint session. The initial meeting with each party individually will provide background, concerns, and perspective on the issues to be resolved and to discuss the process with the participants.
At the first joint session, the parties begin by signing the agreement to mediate. The discussions then begin, issues are identified and options are explored.
If you believe you would like further information about the process, contact Kimberly for a free initial consultation.