Our Story

About Fresh Start

A Better Path Forward

We believe in repurposing your relationships for a hopeful future and a fresh start.

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We created Fresh Start Mediation out of a desire to provide needs-focused family mediation with an approach that encompassed kindness, compassion and empathy. We help you redefine your relationships so that you can [re]start with less pain, lower costs and stable outcomes.

We believe in repurposing your relationships for a hopeful future and a fresh start. Our non-adversarial process helps you move past what isn’t working and move forward with strategies to help both parties communicate effectively – for the long term. We work with you to create plans that prioritize everyone’s health, happiness and security.

Since launching our company, we have expanded across Canada and helped hundreds of families smoothly transition from conflict to agreement. Our process enables you move forward with clarity as we design sustainable parenting plans and secure your financial stability to ensure you are on the path to your very own Fresh Start.

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A Fresh Approach to Mediation

The Orange Story

At the core of our process is The Orange Story. On the surface, the story is a simple one about a brother and sister both wanting the last orange. On a deeper level, the story reveals how a discovery of each person’s core need creates new context and leads to a solution where everyone is satisfied.

The Orange Story demonstrates how our process guides both of you towards a fresh perspective that ensures successful results. As we take a deep-dive into your situation, and uncover your needs the difficult decisions become easier.

Our team is committed to your fresh start. We work with you to save you time, money and stress so you can focus on the more important things – what your fresh start looks like.

Where We Started

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Our first Logo - 2014

Don Schapira, Q.Med., worked in negotiation and mediation for over 20 years before creating Fresh Start Mediation. After personally experiencing the difficulties of the traditional divorce process, he knew there was a better way to overcome conflict with less pain, lower costs and more fulfilling outcomes.

Bringing together mediators and financial analysts from across Canada, Don has assembled a team that is wholly committed to helping you create a bright future.

The company’s services have extended beyond the family room, to the classroom and the boardroom – helping people from all areas of life reach healthy agreements that move them forward with certainty and transparency.

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Our first Logo - 2014

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We offer no obligation, free 1hr consultations to people like you. Let’s talk about your situation. Really.