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 13 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, is an elected member of Council for the Manitoba Bar Association and sits on the executive committees of the MBA'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, a director of the St. Mary's Academy school board and a director of Nature Manitoba. She also sits on alumni committees for both St. Mary's Academy and St. Paul's College.
In her free time Maria enjoys hiking, golfing, running, and taking walks with Rory, the retired racing greyhound, who loves visiting his friends at the office.