Hilary is a family lawyer, mediator, arbitrator and dispute resolution teacher. Hilary is also the president of Riverdale Mediation Ltd. in Toronto. [email protected].
- mediate393 provides government-funded family mediation and information services in Toronto’s Superior Court of Justice (361 University Ave, ground floor) and two Ontario Courts of Justice (311 Jarvis St and 47 Sheppard Ave.).
- Our Program Coordinator and Administrator can be contacted at [email protected]
- Our Information and Referral Coordinators (IRCs) are qualified professionals with backgrounds either in social work or as mental health professionals.
(J.D., LL.M., Cert. F. Med.)
FOUNDER & PRESIDENT
Cindy Holovac Leithead
BA (Hons), M.C.A., Acc. FM, C.P.Med., WFA Director of Off-Site Mediation and Mediator-in-Training (MIT) Program
Cindy is an Accredited Family Mediator, a Child Protection Mediator on the Ontario Roster, and a Parenting Coordinator who also provides Circle Mediation and Counselling. Cindy draws on 25 years of experience supporting individuals from diverse backgrounds dealing with difficulties or disputes in or outside of the justice system. .
B.A., Acc. FM, CP Med. Director of On-site Mediation
Cathi is an Accredited Family Mediator and Child Protection Mediator. With Mediate 393 at the 311 Toronto courts, she provides Information and Referral Services, regularly presents MIPs and is a roster mediator. Cathi is an onsite and offsite mediator with both the Durham Mediation Centre in Oshawa and the Family Mediation Centre in London. In her private practice, Cathi offers comprehensive mediation services. .
Rhodes Thompson-Chase has been with mediate393 inc. for 5 years. In that time he has expanded his role from Administrative Assistant to Program Coordinator and IRC. Rhodes has experience in supporting LGBTQIA youth through his volunteer work. His education in law and gender studies has equipped him to train our roster on how to work from an anti-oppressive framework. Rhodes is passionate about access to justice for all and supporting clients with his expert knowledge on community services and resources. [email protected].
Alexandre Waterman works on Mediate393 team as the business manager. Alex is a student working on his Bachelor of Business Administration. His experience in customer service helps him resolve conflict. [email protected].
We are thrilled to announce the arrival of our new team member, Chavelle Sheckleford. With her background in courts administration and family services, Chavelle brings great experience to our team. Chavelle is currently the administrative lead for on-site services as she learns more about our operations. [email protected].
Meet our Mediators and Information & Referral Coordinators:
Honours B.A -Law and Society
Alisha Cater earned her Honours B.A. with a major in Law and Society from York University. She then continued her studies by completing a post-graduate certificate in Alternative Dispute Resolution at Humber College and most recently has also completed her Certificate in Family Mediation at York University. Alisha has over ten years of experience working with vulnerable youth residing in at-risk communities in Toronto. She is passionate about empowering youth with conflict resolution skills, critical thinking, self-awareness and reflection. Alisha is a member of the Family Dispute Resolution Institute of Ontario and the ADR Institute of Ontario. Alisha is a Mediator in Training (MIT) with Riverdale Mediation and is actively pursuing her Accredited Family Mediator (AccFM) designation.
Tobi has experience in social services as a youth advocate, mental health counselor, and case manager. Tobi’s professional experience involves using Narrative and Cognitive Behavioural practices, from a trauma-informed framework, to aid youth clients in better understanding and managing their internal thought patterns thereby reducing mental distress. Working with youth who were at the centre of often drawn out and emotionally taxing family disputes, Tobi witnessed the benefits and successes of mediation on all parties. Tobi is certified in conflict resolution and is active in deepening and broadening his knowledge of family law matters.
“Mediator and IRC (Tobi) were very helpful and knowledgable.”
Preeti is an experienced social worker and an accredited family mediator. She has worked in social development programs for women and children. As an outreach coordinator, Preeti was involved in creating awareness of the family mediation program in the ethno-specific communities through information sessions, developed outreach strategies to promote awareness of family law sessions and parent education services Preeti has partnered and collaborated with a range of social services agencies to execute community initiatives, conferences and workshops. She has also delivered targeted information and parent education sessions on a regular basis in English and Hindi. In the past, Preeti has worked in the capacity of a monitoring and evaluation specialist with a funding agency and developed programs on issues such as child labour, orphanage, destitute girls and women empowerment.
Q.Med & Q.Arb
Following her BA in Psychology, Meagan completed 4 certificates in alternative dispute resolution, family mediation and family arbitration and currently holds Q.Med & Q.Arb designations. She has volunteered in outreach community projects to implement peer mediation programs in schools to teach children her passion for alternative dispute resolution. Her personable manner, active listening, and creative thinking has given her the leverage needed to work with individuals and families to find the best possible solutions to fit each clients unique needs.
LL.B., LL.M., FRDP-Med.
Raheena is a family law, community, and civil mediator, with experience as a family and child protection lawyer. She is certified by the Family Dispute Resolution Institute of Ontario (FDRIO) as a family law mediator. She is also a School of Psychotherapy and Counselling Psychology accredited civil mediator, St. Stephen’s Community House qualified community mediator, and a Harvard Law School (PON) certified advanced mediator in complex disputes.
Before Toronto became her home, Raheena studied and worked internationally, including in England, Spain, and the United Arab Emirates, resulting in her keen understanding of intercultural dynamics, and enabling her to serve families with pluralistic perspectives and experiences.
Raheena takes on a variety of voluntary roles within the community. At present, she is serving as the Family Violence Chair for the Family Dispute Resolution Institute of Ontario and is a member of the Executive Committee for the Ontario Bar Association’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Section.
“I am very pleased with the outcome of the mediation. It broke down walls that were there for years and is the right step towards our future. Pamela and Raheena made this possible and mediate393.”
B.A., LL.B, Acc. FM.
Brian is an Accredited Family Mediator and an experienced lawyer practising family and child protection law. He holds degrees in both psychology and law. Brian has experience working with families to find solutions to many issues including finances, parenting disagreements, and visitation schedules with children. During his career, Brian has worked passionately with families as they try to resolve their differences through the use of mediation and alternative dispute resolution, at their most challenging and difficult moments.
English, Urdu, Bengali, Gujerati and Hindi
Acc. FM (OAFM) Ontario, Acc. M (CEDR) UK, B.Com, C.A. (Finalist), Certified Fraud Examiner (USA)
Akbar Ebrahim is an Accredited Mediator and a Master Trainer certified by the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR), London, England in 2013 and accredited Family Mediator certified by the OAFM Ontario in 2014. Akbar was appointed by the His Highness Aga Khan on the Regional Conciliation and Arbitration Board (RCAB) for Ontario as Mediator in 1999. He served as Mediator for 6 years and in 2005 he was appointed Chairperson of the Board for 7 years until 2012. Akbar has mediated over 150 matrimonial, commercial and Wills/Estate related disputes and during his term as Chairperson of the Ontario RCAB, he managed over 400 cases. Akbar has travelled to India, Tanzania, Madagascar, U.S.A., Caribbean Island and within Canada with other international trainers faculty members and trained over 300 Mediators. Akbar also worked with the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care for over 30 years as an Internal Auditor and Manager, Fraud Awareness and Management.
“Akbar (our mediator) was very knowledgeable and he listened very well. He showed a lot of compassion and advised us of our options.”
Ph.D., Acc. FM
Hayley is an Accredited Family Mediator and holds a Ph.D. in Religion, Ethics, and Public Life from Northwestern University (Chicago). She mediates parenting and custody disputes with mediate393, both off- and on-site. She is the principal at Hayley Glaholt Mediation, and her private practice focuses on conflicts brought about by cultural or religious difference. Hayley is a member of the Ontario Association of Family Mediation (OAFM) and the ADR Institute of Ontario (ADRIO) in good standing. Hayley is also the co-founder and Executive Director of Link Toronto, a non-profit dedicated to educating the public about the link between domestic violence, child abuse, animal abuse, and elder abuse.
“Great mediator; truly a professional with the patience of a saint! She was able to steer the conversation skillfully towards a solution. Thank you!”
BA, LLB, LLM, AccFM
Lindsay is an Accredited Family Mediator with degrees from the University of London, King’s College (LL.M), University of Leeds (LL.B) and University of Western Ontario (BA). She lived in Montreal, Vancouver, the UK, and Asia before making Toronto her home. Prior to her mediation career, Lindsay’s diverse professional background included the investment business, intellectual property law and the not-for-profit sector. Lindsay has also undertaken many volunteer roles within her children’s schools and community associations. Together, this has culminated in a broad, open and unique perspective in her role as a mediator. She encourages self-determination, honours being heard, and facilitates participation and dialogue through non-judgment.
“Lindsay was great at helping to calm my anxiety and gave me ample time to think as well as breaks as needed. She is very kind, compassionate and well-mannered.”
English, Dari, Farsi
B.A., B.C.L./LL.B. Acc. FM.
Zahra is an Accredited Mediator (certified by the OAFM Ontario in 2015), a graduate of Kabul University, with a B.A. Degree in Law, and a graduate of McGill University, with a Degree in Civil and Common Law. In May 2006, Zahra was called to the Ontario Bar, where she practiced family law and immigration and refugee law as an associate with Kerr and Associates, and since 2011, as a sole practitioner. Zahra served as member and mediator with the Aga Khan Conciliation & Arbitration Board for Ontario from 2009 to 2015. Currently, Zahra is a member of the Aga Khan National Conciliation and Arbitration Board (2015-2018).
“The mediator was excellent at what she does. She’s very friendly, showed great concern and was approachable.”
English,French & Gujarati
M.A.ED., ACC. FM, F.D.R.P. MED.
Ali is a mental health practitioner and a college professor teaching social work, child development and parenting. He does research in cognitive mediation to inform his mediation practice.
Since 2002 he has been a Registered Social Worker, R.S.W.’ in Ontario. He does have more than 25 years professional experience in Canada. Ali also holds a Master of Arts in Education specialized in adult education and distance learning.
Ali’s specialities include mediation, relocation, trauma and recovery, multilingual and multicultural issues, addictions, and post-traumatic stress. Ali is also conducting training sessions in stress management, assertiveness, mental health, and wellness.
Hayley MacPhail is an accredited mediator with the Ontario Association of Family Mediators. Hayley has worked as a Mediator and in Collaborative Law as a Neutral and Child and parenting Specialist for 15 years. Hayley has a Master’s degree from the University of Toronto in Counselling Psychology and is a trained Mental Health Worker. Her undergraduate degree in Child and Youth Work specializes in child development, behaviour and family dynamics.
MSW, RSW, Ph.D(c), Acc. FM
Angela is an Accredited Family Mediator, registered Social Worker, and Researcher. She is the Principal Mediator at Reach Mediation Inc. Angela is pursuing a doctoral program in Public Health specializing in Health and Behavioural Sciences at the University of Toronto. She focuses her practice and research on parents who struggle with conflict during and after separation/divorce, the impact of mental health on well-being, and experience of mediation services.
“Angela is a professional mediator. I very much like working with her.”
Nicole Stewart Kamanga
J.D., LL.M., Acc. FM.
Nicole is an experienced family lawyer and accredited family mediator with private mediation and family law practice. She is a Panel Lawyer with the Office of the Children’s Lawyer representing children and youth in family and child protection matters. Nicole also has five years’ experience as a Children’s Advocate in a women’s shelter. Nicole is also a Mediation Coach.
B.A, LLB, Acc. FM, NP
Avagene is a family law lawyer, certified family mediator and notary public.
She was called to the Ontario Bar in 2005 and has practised exclusively in family law for the last 16 years.
Avagene holds a Bachelor of Laws degree (Honours) and a Bachelor of Arts degree in French (Honours) as well as a French Business Certificate issued by the Chambre of Commerce and Industry of Paris.
Avagene is the founder of Skervin Law, a family law firm in Mississauga, Ontario. She promotes the resolution of family law issues including decision-making responsibility, parenting time, support and property, through a variety of alternate dispute resolution processes. She is also a member of the Ontario Family Law Limited Scope Services Project and a Dispute Resolution Officer with the Superior Court of Justice, Kitchener.
Avagene serves as a Director on the Board of Directors for Family Dispute Resolution Institute of Ontario (FDRIO).
B.A., J.D., Acc. FM.
(Mediator) Borzou graduated from York University with a bachelor’s degree in psychology, is a family lawyer, Accredited Family Mediator and founder of B. Tabrizi Law P.C. in Toronto. Borzou mediates a variety of family-related issues and is committed to helping families resolve financial and parenting issues out of court in an efficient and cost-effective manner. Borzou is a natural problem solver and his approach encourages parties to discuss issues safely, with a forward-looking view that is always child-centric. Borzou is an onsite mediator with mediate393 and is a member of the Ontario Association of Family Mediators and the Family Dispute Resolution Institute of Ontario.
“I was fortunate enough to have a mediation facilitated by Borzou Tabrizi. An exceptional person and I value his help exponentially.”
B.A. (Hons.), J.D., F.D.R.P. MED.
Julie K. A. Quirt is a family law lawyer with experience successfully litigating before the Ontario Court of Justice and the Superior Court of Justice. Julie was called to the Bar in 2010 and obtained her Juris Doctor from Osgoode Hall Law School (2009) and her Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) in Psychology from the University of Western Ontario. Julie received her Certificate in Family Mediation in 2018 from York University School of Continuing Studies.
English and Russian
J.D., LLB, Acc. FM
Victoria is an experienced family law lawyer and an accredited mediator. Victoria mediates all family law issues including parenting, property division, support and all related issues. Victoria brings both her compassion and comprehensive knowledge of Family Law to each mediation, and strives to facilitate a solution-focused, respectful discourse.
Kayla Viau earned her Honours B.A. with a major in Aboriginal Studies and a minor in Psychology from the University of Ottawa. Kayla received her Juris Doctor (J.D.) from the University of Ottawa in 2015. Following her call to the Bar of Ontario in June 2016, she completed a Master of Education at the University of Toronto. Most recently, Kayla completed her post-graduate certificate in Alternative Dispute Resolution at Humber College.
Kayla is a member of the Family Dispute Resolution Institute of Ontario and a family mediation intern with Riverdale Mediation. As a student-at-law, Kayla worked primarily in the areas of family and child protection law.
Kayla is Cree and is a member of Taykwa Tagamou Nation, located in Treaty 9 territory.
Family Law Information Centres (FLIC)
You can learn much more about available services, mediation, court process, separation, divorce and the law by visiting us at one of our Family Law Information Centres (FLIC).