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Carol Baird Ellan
Adjudicator, Family Mediator
Fraser Valley, Greater Vancouver, Interior South/Okanagan, Sunshine Coast
200-100 Park Royal
West Vancouver, BC
V7T 1A2

Office: (604) 783-2864

Family Roster Mediation Details
I volunteer with Retrouvaille Vancouver ( and have been involved with many families in crisis who are facing the decision about whether to separate. At an initial free consultation, I will provide information about resources available to couples for exploring reconciliation or alternatives to separation, and provide appropriate referrals if desired. I will travel at my expense to the parties' location or a mutually agreed upon meeting place, both for initial consultations and for mediation meetings. Much of my preparation work is done by email and telephone and I conduct telephone or on-line mediations where appropriate to minimize expense and accommodate the parties' schedules.

$0 - $150 / hour

No-obligation initial consultation. Before I am retained, I negotiate my fee with the parties based on what they can afford, which can be a fixed or flat rate set at the outset or an hourly rate, and I will conduct pro bono (Free) mediations in appropriate cases, where the parties' circumstances warrant it.

Appointments may be rescheduled without charge. If a scheduled mediation meeting is cancelled, parties will be billed for work to date at an appropriate hourly rate.


I served as a judge of the BC Provincial Court for 19 years, including 5 years as the court's first female Chief Judge. While on the bench I conducted case conferences in family and small claims cases, and since leaving the bench in 2012 I have been a certified Family Law Mediator. I conducted a family law practice from 2012 to 2014, and took 2015 away from practice in order to run in the federal election. I resumed my mediation practice, as a non-practising lawyer, in the Spring of 2016. In addition to my mediation practice I occasionally serve as an adjudicator for the Office of the Police Complaint Commissioner.

I have had good success in resolving family conflicts involving division of property, parenting schedules, child and spousal support, relocation of children, and some elder law issues, all with minimal conflict and at reasonable rates. Because of my circumstances I am able to offer discount and pro bono services and charge only what the parties are able to afford. My goal as a mediator is to provide a low stress, amicable experience that resolves current issues and anticipates future ones, in order to minimize expense, avoid the need for return sessions and permit the parties to communicate (when needed) as peacefully as possible.

Conflict within Families
  • Abuse/Sexual Abuse
  • Addiction Issues (Drug & Alcohol)
  • Family Relationships
  • Managing High Conflict
  • Managing Power Imbalances
  • Mental Health Issues
Contact with a Child (Access/Custody)
  • Aboriginal Issues
  • Guardianship
  • Parenting Arrangements (Time and Education)
  • Parenting Plans
  • Plan of Care & Living Arrangements
Elder Mediation
  • Family Business
  • Family Inheritance/Business Succession
  • Pensions and Benefits
  • Plan of Care & Living Arrangements
  • Wills and Estates
Financial & Property
  • Child Support & Maintenance
  • Common Law Relationships/Trusts
  • Division of Assets and Liabilities
  • Family Business
  • Family Inheritance and Estates
  • Financial Aspects of Separation
  • Spousal Support
  • Parent/Teen Disputes
  • Parenting Arrangements and Education
  • Parenting Plans
  • Step & Blended Family Mediation
  • Separation Agreements
  • Separation Memorandums of Understanding
  • Sexual Orientation

  • African
  • Afro-American/Canadian
  • Arabic
  • Asian
  • Cantonese
  • Caribbean
  • Chinese
  • Croatian
  • Filipino
  • First Nations Peoples, Agencies and Communities
  • French Canadian
  • Indo-Canadian
  • Iranian
  • Korean
  • Mandarin
  • Punjabi
  • Same Sex/Gender
  • Taiwanese
  • Vietnamese