For Maria, each day as a family lawyer provides the opportunity to make a difference and to connect with people as they face challenging times. She understands how daunting these obstacles can be and knows the road can be made easier with support and sound counsel.
That is why Maria strives to bring to her clients a compassionate ear, a positive outlook and problem-solving advice. With skills developed over a 12 year career in family law, Maria guides her clients whether by the collaborative model, by negotiated settlement, or using court processes.
Maria believes it is important to give back to the legal community: she volunteers with both the Legal Help Centre and the Fort Garry Women's Resource Centre, acts as a mentor to law students, and sits on the executive committees of the Manitoba Bar Association's Family Law Section and Women Lawyers' Section.
A supporter of Winnipeg's many non-profit groups, Maria is Vice Chair of the board of trustees of Manitoba Opera and is a director of the St. Mary's Academy school board. She also sits on alumni committees for both St. Mary's Academy and St. Paul's College.
In her free time Maria enjoys her riding lessons, golfing, studying French, Greek and Latin, and taking walks with Rory, the retired racing greyhound, who loves visiting his friends at the office.