Shauna Taylor

Real Estate Paralegal

Shauna Taylor has been a legal assistant since 2009. Prior to working in law she worked in another industry for 15 years and decided she needed a change. She went back to school in 2008 and was hired by the law firm Peterson Shields. She has worked for a few different firms prior to landing at West legal in 2019. She has experience with Corporate Law, Wills & Estates, and Real Estate. She is part of West Legal’s super duper Real Estate team and loves helping people purchase and sell their homes. It is always something new and challenging. Shauna lives with her Fiancée (Trevor) and their dog Daisy. She is from Taber, Alberta and completed her post-secondary education at Dalhousie University in Halifax where she earned a bachelor’s degree in political science. She has lived in Calgary since 1996 and loves it here – the City is amazing and there is always so much to do.

Shauna loves to read and has actually “killed” 4 kindles before she got the app for her iPad. She enjoys photography and hanging out with her friends and family. Shauna enjoys trying new restaurants and listening to music from the 70s, 80s, and 90s. She is not a big sports fan but her fiancée is the biggest Chicago Bears fan so she feels compelled to cheer for the New Orleans Saints!

Stacey Thomas

Stacey Thomas started her career in law in September 1989 as a typist. She learned about many areas of law but found real estate the most rewarding. By 1991 she was working exclusively in the area of real estate and hasn’t looked back. Throughout her career, Stacey has practiced in areas of new home construction, as well as hotel and condominium development. She has seen market fluctuations come and go. She is also fortunate to work in an industry that allows her to learn something new every day.

In Memoriam

Wendy Cunningham

Wendy took her legal assistant training at Red Deer College and started working in Calgary in 1986 at a law firm downtown. She started as a receptionist but quickly worked her way up the ladder to real estate assistant. She’s worked in a few firms over the years, dealing with builder/developer, commercial and residential real estate.

In her spare time, she likes to garden, create garden art, travel and walk her cat in the neighbourhood (much to the surprise of many passersby).

In early 2022 she was happy to bring her years of experience to the real estate team at West Legal.

James Derowin

James has worked in the Legal Profession since 2014, primarily in the areas of Corporate Law and Wills and Estates. Since joining West Legal in 2020 he has also expanded into Real Estate/ Private Lending. For fun outside of the office, he enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading a great book, and enjoying great music.

James enjoys many types of sports but mostly football (both NFL (Go Seahawks) and CFL (Go Stamps)), along with Hockey (both NHL (Go Flames) and WHL (Go Hitmen)).

James has been on various Boards of Directors over the years and enjoys volunteering with organizations that he has an interest in, both political and non-political.

Alyssa Perron

Alyssa has been with the West Legal team since 2018 and currently works as a legal assistant, and office administrator. Alyssa holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Calgary, and a Master of Science from Trinity Laban Conservatoire in London, UK. Outside of the office, she owns and operates a local dance studio with her partners, and works as a dance educator and choreographer. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time in nature with her boyfriend, and their dog, Sage.

Jodi DeFraine

Jodi started her journey as a family law legal assistant around 7 years ago, moving her way up from a receptionist position at a small start-up firm. All of her experience has been gained hands-on in the office, which has allowed her to gain a very diverse and well-rounded understanding of the law and procedures related to divorces, property division, child custody and parenting issues, child support and spousal support matters. It’s not always easy and happy in family law but she feels so lucky every day knowing that she is helping and supporting clients in any way she can as they are going through, oftentimes, the hardest situations they will ever go through in their lifetime.

As a born and raised Calgarian, when Jodi is not in the office you can usually find her exploring, camping, and hiking in Calgary’s backyard, also known as the Canadian Rocky Mountains, hanging out in the city checking out our awesome Calgary music and art scene, or going for a walk on the Bow River Pathway to watch the birds.

Kelsey Tohill

Kelsey is a professional and organized receptionist having graduated from Bow Valley College in 2014. Since that time, Kelsey has acquired 6+ years of experience in a variety of law fields before joining the West Legal team in 2021. When she is not working, she is running after her son and fosters rescue dogs in her home. In her limited free time, she can be found in her craft room surrounded by paper.

Rossana Morigeau

Rossana is a Wills & Estates paralegal with corporate experience. After graduating from SAIT in 2002, she began working at Gowlings as a Legal Assistant in Commercial Corporate and Oil & Gas. In 2006, after beginning a family and moving to Okotoks, she worked in Wills & Estates and maintaining private corporation Minute Books. Now at West Legal, her work is focused on estate administration.Outside of the office, Rossana enjoys gardening and hiking with her four children & husband.

Rebecca Niefer

Rebecca joined West Legal in early 2023 after 5+ years in the medical field. Starting with file management, in her short span with West Legal Rebecca has already taken on numerous responsibilities such as becoming our reporting assistant and handling end of file procedures. Rebecca’s organization and versatility are an asset to her roll.

With her happy and bubbly personality, you can always hear her giggle throughout the office. In her personal time Rebecca can be found reading, trying new recipes, and spending time with her energetic nephews. Her true passions are travelling and culture.

Melynda Winters

Melynda has been employed as a legal assistant since 1997, after graduating from the Career College (now CDI College) 2 year legal assistant program, focusing on the area of litigation law. In 2005, she decided to shift her attention from Litigation to Real Estate Law and has never looked back. Melynda has worked at only a few firms over the years and has been very fortunate to work with lawyers and staff who have been great mentors and helped advance her skills and knowledge.

In her spare time, Melynda loves spending time with her two adult children, husband, family and friends. In the past, Melynda has been actively involved in her children’s various sports organizations and extra curricular activities and is looking forward to some quieter evenings and weekends now that both her children are attending University.

Melynda joined West Legal with Thomas Harrison in September 2022.

Candice Doyle


Candice is an outgoing, professional, and organized receptionist, who has joined our team in 2023 after spending several years mainly working from home raising her children. She had previously worked in the oil and gas sector as an office manager for 13 years, so has dusted off those office skills and is enjoying learning the ins and outs of the various legal services offered at West Legal. When she is not working, she can be found spending time with her two teenage daughters, husband, and four dogs. Once she’s had her fill of them, you’ll find her working at one craft or another, usually in preparation for her next Disney vacation.