Our Mediators

Shelina Sayani, JD
Shelina is trained and certified as a Family Mediator and Collaborative lawyer. She is committed to helping families resolve disputes in a calm, clear and respectful manner, keeping the needs of their children first and foremost. Shelina has been a family mediator for over 12 years. She believes that mediation is a process that allows parties to resolve family separation and breakdown issues, such as working out parenting plans, guardianship, allocation of rights and responsibilities, child and spousal support and asset and/or property division fairly and respectfully. Shelina’s mediation practice focuses on helping parties work through the underlying emotional issues, and helping them build and create solutions that work best for them and enables them to move forward positively. She focuses on helping families restructure their parenting and finances in a manner that is cost-effective, efficient and constructive. Shelina establishes ground rules for respectful communication and creates a safe and confidential environment where the parties begin to work on identifying the issues, exploring ideas and options and creating customized solutions. Shelina’s practice focuses on helping parties keep the lines of communication open or assisting the parties in re-establishing positive and healthy communication in situations where trust and communication have broken down. Shelina is committed to helping the parties find positive ways to move forward, which is invaluable and essential when there are children involved. Shelina will help build in effective communication strategies when necessary. Shelina also draws on her extensive training in all areas of family law and alternate dispute relation training to customize solutions that work for each individual family in reaching a negotiated settlement through mediation. Shelina is accredited as Family Mediator through the Law Society of British Columbia. She is also a member of the BC Collaborative Roster Society, the BC Parenting Coordinator Roster Society and Mediate BC.
Areas of Interest
Family mediation, communication, parental coordination
Location
Fraser Valley, Greater Vancouver Area
Angiola De Stefanis, JD
Following undergraduate studies in Political Science and International Relations at the UBC, Angiola obtained her Juris Doctorate at the UBC, School of Law in 1991. After 25 years of practicing law, and being an influential member of the Collaborative law community, Angiola, now focusses her professional endeavours exclusively in the field of peace-building as a mediator and facilitator. Angiola has had a broad-based legal career that has given her diverse experience across a wide range of areas of the law, including Family Law Litigation, Collaborative Law, Personal Injury, General Civil Litigation, Criminal law, Business Law, Employment Law, Elder Law, Wills and Estate Planning, and Estate Litigation. Early in her legal career, Angiola became well known for her keen ability to negotiate settlements – long before no-court dispute resolution processes were common. Certified as a mediator since 1995, Angiola’s ability to resolve conflict through negotiation and to create effective, long-lasting solutions has been a hallmark of her career. With warmth and compassion, Angiola supports her clients to negotiate with dignity and integrity to reach creative agreements that incorporate their highest values and best meet their long-term needs. Angiola shares her passion for people and for contribution through her extensive involvement with Rotary International, for which she has been recognized with some of Rotary’s highest honours. She served on the Board of the Collaborative Divorce Vancouver Society for 7 years (4 as its co-chair) and, most recently, as its first Executive Director. She was a founding member of the BC Collaborative Roster Society and is a former member of the Board of Directors of the International Academy of Collaborative Practitioners.
Areas of Interest
Cohabitation and marriage agreements Separation agreements (including revisions and updates) Resolution of discord within families and family businesses Work place conflict resolution and team building Succession planning Estate conflicts Board of Directors conflict resolution and team building
Location
Fraser Valley, Greater Vancouver Area