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Family Dispute Resolution Week features events for professionals, public

The Family Dispute Resolution Institute of Ontario (FDRIO) is set to kick off its inaugural Family Dispute Resolution Week later this month, with a keynote speech from Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, says Toronto public relations professional Jana Schilder.

As part of a one-day conference on Nov. 23 which is open to the public, Wynne, a former volunteer mediator at St. Stephen’s Community House in Toronto, will speak at 9:15 a.m. at the Ryerson Student Centre/Oakham House, located at 63 Gould St.

Ontario Attorney General Madeleine Meilleur will be the luncheon speaker at the conference, which will also feature Law Society of Upper Canada Treasurer Janet Minor, dispute resolution guru Bernie Mayer, and a number of other experts in the field of conflict resolution, says Schilder, co-founder of The Legal A Team, who is involved in organizing the event on a volunteer basis.

Family Dispute Resolution Week will run Nov. 23 - 27, and will feature events for both family dispute professionals and the general public in Toronto, Oshawa, Pickering, Ajax, Newmarket, Barrie, and Ottawa, such as public forums that will help Ontarians better understand the resources available for resolving family law disputes — including mediation, arbitration and collaborative practice.

Libraries and city halls across Ontario will feature free public information days on Nov. 24, including replicas of the Family Law Information Centres that exist in family courts.

Events will also include free workshops on access to justice, family violence and mental illness in family law, and mediation in a pluralistic society.

FDRIO is a new not-for-profit designed to bring all professionals in the family dispute resolution field together for more powerful advocacy about the many benefits of resolving cases out of court.

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