Okanagan Collaborative Professionals
You may start the Collaborative Process by contacting any of the professionals who will explain how the Process works and assist you in building your team of two Collaborative lawyers, one or two Divorce coaches, and a child specialist and financial specialist as required. Scan the member list below or click a city under a professional group.
Jenny Balko , CPA, CA
I am a Chartered Accountant in the Kelowna office of Grant Thornton LLP. I have extensive experience in providing a broad range of taxation services to individuals, corporations, partnerships and trusts. I focus on providing Canadian taxation services in the areas of compliance, corporate reorganizations, estate, business and wealth succession planning and in developing tax minimization strategies.
Audra Bayer , JD
Audra is the senior family law associate and head of MacLean Law’s office in West Kelowna. She is also a recipient of the certificate of excellence for outstanding quality client service from Lexis Nexis and Lawyers.com. Audra started her career in Manitoba and has been practicing for over 14 years with a focus in Family Law focusing on a settlement based approach to litigation and the resolution and mediation of high conflict matters.…
Leneigh Bosdet , LLB
Leneigh is an associate lawyer at Pushor Mitchell and a member of our Family Law Group. Leneigh grew up in the South Okanagan and completed her undergraduate and law degrees at the University of British Columbia. She was active in law school where she managed a clinic for the Law Students Legal Advice program. She also participated in a judicial externship program where she worked at the law courts for a number of provincial Court Judges.…
Simone Brunton CPA, CA, CBV
I am a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA) and Chartered Business Valuator (CBV). I am a Director in the Transactions group in the Kelowna office of Grant Thornton LLP. I specialize in business valuation and litigation support related to matrimonial and other shareholder disputes. I am the Chair of the Executive of the Okanagan Collaborative Family Law Group and have been a member of the group since 2008. …
Bev Churchill , LLB
Collaborative Lawyer and Mediator
Let’s work together to create a positive resolution in your separation and divorce.
I have been practicing in the area of family law since 1986. I am married to a Chartered Accountant and have two children, a son, born in 1993 and a daughter, born in 1996.
During the first 14 years of my family law career, I spent about 50% of my working days in Court.…
Kristin has been practicing for over 5 years, primarily in the area of family law. She also has substantial experience in civil litigation and other areas including assisting claimants in the independent assessment process for Indian Residential School Claims. Kristin brings significant advocacy experience to her clients having appeared in Provincial Court, Supreme Court, and appellate court, as well as engaging in many mediations and negotiations, and in arbitrations.…
Bree Hankins , B.A., L.L.B.
Bree Hankins was called to the bar in May of 2009. She recently relocated from the Fraser Valley to Kelowna with her husband. Before moving to Kelowna, Bree worked for a large firm in the Fraser Valley and practiced in the areas of family law and personal injury.
Bree Hankins has extensive experience helping families resolve their family law disputes. …
Paul S. Henry , LLB
I have been a lawyer in Canada since 1980, having emigrated from the UK in 1976. For many years, I was a staff lawyer with the Legal Services Society of British Columbia, doing poverty law. I have had my own practice since 1996, where I specialise in family law. I am a mediator, having taken the required courses through the Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia and I hold a Certificate in Conflict Resolution from the Justice Institute of British Columbia.…
Aurora Johannson , LLB
Let me be your guide. I am a family lawyer and a civil and family mediator.
If you are considering court or ending a business, work, strata, or other relationship, consider mediation. Let’s talk this conflict out! Whether you’ve already filed at court, haven’t made it to the courthouse yet or are part way through trial, a mediator may help you resolve your dispute – often in a way that allows for more peaceful interactions later on.…
Kurt Jory, CIM, CFP
A relationship breakdown may be the most emotional and stressful time of your entire life. Financial decisions and the equitable division of assets can prove to be confusing, time consuming and have far reaching implications into your future. This is where I come in to help.
As a child of divorce and having been through a separation of my own, I can empathize with the intense emotions that accompany separation.…
Charlotte Keis , BA, LLB
Keis Law Office
Penty & Co.
2008 – 2010 (2 years)
TEAM Language Services
January 2003 – August 2007 (4 years 8 months)Woerth, Germany
Organized language training in English, German, French and Portuguese at DaimlerChrysler
The University of British Columbia
1987 – 1990
Simon Fraser University
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), History & English
1982 – 1986
Lori Kennedy , BSc, LLB
I am a family law mediator and a collaborative family lawyer. My focus is on helping people resolve family law issues outside of the courtroom. Before becoming a lawyer, I worked as a Clinical Research Coordinator and Monitor and before that, I was a psychiatric nurse.
I believe that a commitment to honesty and respect, even in the toughest times, makes it possible for people to move towards resolution.…
Mary Ellen McNaughton , BSc, MSC, MEd, CCC
Mary Ellen has a Masters in Counselling Psychology from the University of British Columbia and is a certified member of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association.
She has been working with individuals and couples since 1985, incorporating Marshall Rosenberg’s model of nonviolent communication (also called NVC) and mediation training into her counselling practice for the last 10 years.…
Taryn Moore , LLB
Taryn is a member of Pushor Mitchell’s Family Law Group who provides family litigation services within a Collaborative Practice approach. Her top client priorities are clear communication, compassion and accessibility, and she considers a trusting relationship with her clients the single most important aspect of a good law practice.
Clients who need resolution to their family law issues, either through the court system or by alternative approaches such as mediation, rely on Taryn to help guide them towards their goal.…
Leisha Murphy, LLB
Leisha takes a heart-forward approach to her practice. Her eight+ years of focusing exclusively on family law matters, coupled with her personal experience as a child of divorce, make her uniquely suited to assist clients through the transition that comes with the end of a relationship.
After routinely going to court in her first years as a lawyer, Leisha learned that focusing on reaching out-of-court settlements, either through collaborative divorce or mediation/negotiation, is the best way to assist families.…
Glenda Peacock , LLB
Glenda has been practicing law in Kelowna for over 17 years. She completed her Bachelor of Commerce Degree from the University of Calgary in 1984 and her Law Degree from UBC in 1990.
Glenda and her husband, John, grew up in Kelowna and have two children. Glenda practices in the area of civil litigation, with an emphasis on family law and contested estate matters.…
Divorce Coach, Child Specialist
Separation and divorce are incredibly emotional and challenging events in the lives of children and parents alike. Over my years of work I have seen far too often what occurs emotionally and psychologically for many family members when this process is not supported in a knowledgeable and healthy manner. Social challenges at school and home, appearance of aggressive and/or depressive behaviours, and reduced ability to work through everyday challenges are only a few of these potential difficulties.…
Dr. Sam Reimer from Restoration Counselling Services looks forward to assisting anyone who is looking for help to find, restore, and/or maintain a sense of wholeness, healing and balance in their life.
Restoration Counselling is located in downtown Kelowna, British Columbia. Dr. Sam provides counselling services to individuals, couples, family, and groups.
Our Kelowna area counselling services can help with many issues, such as :
- Addictions & Co-dependency
- Anger and Stress Management
- Depression and Grief
- Mental Health/Illness
- Spirituality and Christian Faith
- WCB, CVAP, & Insurance Claims – Emotional Healing
Derek Sanders , CA, CBV, CFA
I have been working in the area of business valuations, mergers and acquisitions and litigation support services since 2004. I have experience with businesses operating in a variety of industries including a broad range of manufacturing industries, service, construction, distribution, technology, and retail.
I am a member of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Business Valuators, the Institute of Chartered Accountants of B.C., and the Chartered Financial Analysts Institute.…
Experience and Education
Wesley Shields was born in Churchhill, Manitoba where he lived (as well as in the Northwest Territories) prior to moving to British Columbia. Wesley spent a number of years in the Fraser Valley where he attended the Fraser Valley College. Mr. Shields also attended Simon Fraser University, Queens University, and the University of British Columbia.…
Ronald J. Smith , BA, LLB, QC
Ron is a lawyer practicing in Kelowna, British Columbia in the area of family, employment and personal injury law. After graduating from the University of British Columbia, Ron was called to the Bar in 1975, and worked for the first two years of his practice as a staff lawyer for the Legal Services Society.
Ron took his first mediation course in 1985 and started doing family law mediation after that time.…
Jody Sommerfeld , B.Sc., MC, RCC
Counselling and Psychotherapy
Hello, and thank you for taking the time to view my profile.
As a Registered Clinical Counsellor with the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors, I have met the rigorous requirements necessary to obtain membership. In addition to a baccalaureate degree I have obtained a Masters Degree in Counselling Psychology. I am a registered member with the Crime Victims Assistance Program, Insurance Corporation of British Columbia and a professional member with, EMDR Canada, and EMDR International.…
Joan Spence , M. Ed, BA. Child & Youth Care
Registered Clinical Therapist
Hello, I am a Registered Clinical Therapist specializing in Life Transitions. Separation and Divorce can be an overwhelming time for individuals and their families. A collaborative practice provides a different way to divorce that supports families by minimizing the impact of conflict on you and your children. My advanced training in Mediation, Parenting Coordination, Gottman Emotion Coaching: The Heart of Parenting, Expressive Play Therapy and The Satir Family Systems guides my practice as a Divorce Coach and Child Specialist. …
Heidi Taylor , BA, LLB
Heidi assists her clients in resolving family law matters including: parenting issues (custody), child support, spousal support, and property division. Heidi has a general law practice background which provides her with a unique skill set to address complex support and property division matters, including those involving professional practices and family businesses. Heidi is an active member of the Okanagan Collaborative Family Group with an emphasis on dispute resolution through mediation and negotiation.…
Crowning Life Consulting Inc. (Supervised Parenting Time) offers supervised parenting time, therapeutic visitations and supervised exchanges to families involved with separation, divorce and custody concerns.
Crowning Life endeavours to provide a child-centred, neutral, safe opportunity for contact between children and their parents.
Crowning Life utilizes a strength-based approach with families and facilitates opportunities for children, parents and/or family members to preserve or reconstruct caring relationships.…