Debbie understands people! Debbie has been through the many trials and tribulations of life; experienced the death of loved ones, family illness, has been through the divorce process, restructuring of families and parenting, extended families and now has a new found joy in grandchildren! With this life experience comes the ability for Debbie to guide her clients through the maze of the legal system, while maintaining an understanding and empathetic human perspective on life decisions that must be made by clients. Debbie has lived in three countries, (Canada, United States and Germany), three provinces, (Nova Scotia, Ontario and Alberta) three states, (Texas, New Jersey and Virginia); has experienced the world, different cultures and life styles. Debbie previously served as Vice-President of the International Officer’s Wives Association, coordinating volunteer programs while living outside of Canada and abroad. Debbie understands the life of the Military and the strains it places on families while their spouses serve the country overseas. Debbie has an extensive career as a teacher, commencing her professional career with the Calgary Board of Education in 1980. Debbie has been an Organist and Choral Music Director since 1977 and has performed and conducted world wide, sharing her talents and her love of music. Debbie was called to the Bar in 2001 and began her legal career. Debbie’s multi-faceted and multi-talented skills along with extensive education and training, gives her clients confidence in knowing they are in good hands. Debbie cares about her clients!
Debbie’s passion lies in Alternate Dispute Resolution (ADR); Collaborative Family Law and Mediation. Debbie’s balanced approach to the resolution of legal matters, comes from her 35+ years of professional experience in Education and Law. Out-of-court negotiations in a private setting is the most expedient and cost effective manner to end a dispute of any kind. Aiming for 100 % success in settlement negotiations, mediation or Collaborative law proves over and over again to be less stressful for clients. Debbie has mastered the art of creative problem solving, encouraging agreements that are carefully evaluated and crafted. This is a win-win for all parties to litigation. At the same time, compromise is not an expectation and court is necessary in some cases and with Debbie’s strong advocacy skills, clients can rest assured their case will be presented with the utmost care and preparation.
Debbie has been awarded 5 University degrees, including a Music degree, and Education degree, a Masters in Education, a law degree and a specialized Masters of Law degree in Family Law awarded from Osgoode Law School as well as two certificates; Chartered Mediator (ADR Canada) and a Qualified Arbitrator (ADR Canada). Continued education is important at Kay Law and Mediation and clients can be confident that the best and most up-to-date legal advice is provided. Debbie continues not only mandatory yearly hours of training, but exceeds those expectations by continuing to engage in seminars in Non-Defensive communication skills (PNDC), Legal Education Society of Alberta seminars, Mediation training and countless certificates of achievement over the years.
Debbie has over a decade of litigation experience in Labour and Employment Law with both management (Alberta Health Services legal counsel) and Union side (AUPE counsel) and works with employers experiencing workplace conflict or who require policies, contracts or agreements drafted.
At Kay Law and Mediation, Debbie also practices in the area of Wills and Estates and Real Estate Law as a value added service to all of the clients she serves.
When not practicing law, Debbie can be heard playing her piano; she is an accomplished musician! Debbie holds a Permanent Alberta Teaching Certificate with teaching experience in Alberta, Ontario and Europe. Debbie has spent countless hours performing and volunteering in the community, sharing the gift of music with thousands of people over the years.
Debbie lives in the peaceful countryside of Alberta and passionately maintains her gardens to ensure a work/life balance and cherishes her time with family.
Debbie looks forward to working with you to resolve your legal issues, incorporating a business, drafting a contract, divorce or family matter, buying or selling a home, planning your last will and testament or any other legal issue arising.
- LLM Osgoode Law School, York University
- LLB University of Calgary
- M.Ed University of Alberta
- B.Ed University of Toronto
- B.Mus. University of Western Ontario
- Chartered Mediator, ADR Canada, ADRIA, Alberta
- Qualified Arbitrator, ADR Canada, ADRIA, Alberta
- Permanent Professional Teaching Certificate (Alberta)
- Law Society of Alberta
- Canadian Bar Association and Alberta Branch
- International Association of Collaborative Professionals (IACP)
- Edmonton Association of Collaborative Family Professionals ACFP
- Alberta Arbitration and Mediation Society (ADRIA)
- Alternative Dispute Resolution of Canada (ADR Canada)
- Alberta Family Mediation Society AFMS
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