Carol Baird Ellan

  • Carol Baird Ellan, Mediator
    5824 Heron Place
    Sechelt, Sunshine Coast
  • Cell: 604-783-2864
  • LL.B.

Family Roster Mediator 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 no-obligation 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.
I have many years of experience conducting family mediation and resolving conflicts. I joined the Mediate BC Family Roster in 2016 and prior to that I was certified as a Family Law Mediator with the BC Law Society in 2012. Having been a member of the legal profession for over 30 years, I ceased practice as a lawyer in late 2014 to run in the 2015 federal election. I practiced as a non-lawyer family law mediator until being reinstated with the Law Society in 2020. I have had many years of experience resolving family and civil conflicts through alternate dispute resolution in many different spheres, including within my own family of 5 children (now grown) and 3 grandchildren! In addition to my mediation practice I occasionally serve as an adjudicator with 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.
  • Elder Mediation
  • Financial Issues
  • General Family Issues
  • Parenting Issues
  • Separation & Divorce
  • $0 - $150
    Fraser Valley, Greater Vancouver, Interior South/Okanagan, Sunshine Coast
    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 less than 24 hours in advance, parties will be billed for work to date (not including the initial consultation) at an appropriate hourly rate.