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What are Crucial Family Conversations?  

Crucial Family Conversations are professionally guided, practical discussion among family members. It allows families to develop workable plans around issues they decide they need to resolve.  Everyone involved has a chance to share, be heard and contribute. 

How can Your Family Benefit?


The crucial conversation process can help your family communicate about things that matter to you now and in the future.  The result: a solid plan that works for everyone.  I help you write up your plan so that there is a common understanding and agreement of what is expected of everyone involved.

Why have a Crucial Family Conversation?


Having Crucial Family Conversations can make the world of difference to you and your family.  With a guided conversation, everyone is involved and has a chance to share, be heard and contribute. 


I firmly believe that the best source for ideas is one’s own family. But I know that strong emotions can get in the way of productive discussion.  By fully discussing issues before looking for solutions, understanding is built which helps move things forward.


As a mediator, I keep the conversation on track and bring objectivity. This allows open and constructive problem solving that results in a plan that meets everyone’s needs.

Types of Crucial Family Conversations


Whether it’s for a parent/teen conflict, separation agreement, co-parenting arrangements, transition of a business from one generation to the next, the care of an aging relative, planning for Wills and Powers of Attorney, or discussions about End of Life Care, a facilitator like Monica the Mediator can guide your family and help you create workable plans.


  • Parent Teen

  • Separation/Divorce

  • Co-parenting

  • Elder Care


Monica as a Facilitator


I hold the Chartered Mediator designation with the Alternative Dispute Resolution Institute of Canada.  I am a practising family mediator with the Alberta Family Mediation Society. I mediate on the Alberta Justice Family and Civil Court rosters as well as the Federal Farm Debt Mediation roster.


People have often come to me with problems because they see me as being confidential, respectful and accepting.  My keen mind and quick understanding helps me coach others for improved communication. 


As a facilitator, my role is to provide a non-judgemental, supportive and safe environment to help all parties communicate what is important to them.

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