About Nanaimo Notary

Company Owner: Tiah M. Workman, Notary Public

Tiah Workman has been providing notarial services since receiving her Royal Decree in December, 1992. She operates a busy and successful practice in Nanaimo where she is a well-known and respected member of the community.  Prior to becoming a Notary Public, Tiah worked for a number of law firms in Nanaimo with a focus on conveyancing.

Tiah has been very involved with the Nanaimo community for over 25 years.  She has been involved with numerous organizations including the Greater Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce, Nanaimo Women’s Business Network, Nanaimo Minor Baseball Association and Scouts Canada, to name a few.  She is a proud supporter and sponsor of youth sports in the Nanaimo Community, including Dover Bay Secondary School Athletics.

Tiah was a Director of the Society of Notaries Public of British Columbia from October 2000 until July 2010 and served on many of the Society’s Committees, including serving as the chair of the Discipline Committee.  She was 2nd Vice-President of the Society and also sat as a Governor of the Notary Foundation from 2008 until she stepped down in 2010. Tiah remained involved with the Society as a Practice Inspector for approximately 5 years.

Tiah has made a point of keeping on top of technology available in her areas of practice and was one of the first conveyancing offices in Nanaimo to start using the Electronic Filing System (“EFS”) to register land and mortgage documents in the Land Title Office before this became a mandatory Provincial requirement.

Tiah has always been an advocate of her senior clients and obtained her Certified Professional Consultant on Aging (“CPCA”) designation in 2007 (previously known as Certified Senior Advisor).  This designation means that she has completed a course on physical, social and financial issues facing today’s very diverse population of seniors.

Tiah has lived in Nanaimo for over 35 years and presently resides in North Nanaimo with her husband, Greg, of 30 years.  She has two sons, Graeme, a Red Seal carpenter who still makes Nanaimo his home, and Sean, who is working on his PhD in Biochemistry at UBC.

See www.notaries.bc.ca for a story on Tiah and her life published in the BC Notaries Scrivener magazine in Spring 2006.  Also see www.notaries.bc.ca for her son Sean’s article on his high school exchange program experience in Germany.



Amber Hobbis

Receptionist/Estate-planning Assistant


Heather McDonald



Morgan Darbyshire



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Where We Are Headed Now

Nanaimo has become the destination of choice for a large number of seniors.  We are often assisting seniors whose family members may live in another part of the country or out of the country.  As a service to our clients, we started a business to meet the needs of our senior clients who may need someone locally to act as their Power of Attorney, Representative and/or Trustee.  Our sister company, Family By Choice Seniors Support & Asset Management Ltd., offers a wide range of elder care services.

Please see our Family By Choice blog


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About BC Notaries

The tradition of Notaries goes back over 2000 years — to the dawn of recorded history. Notaries laid down the Codex Hammurabi, the oldest evidence of recorded law.  Notaries were also employed by the Catholic Church to guide the light of civilization through the Dark Ages. The Notary’s reputation for trustworthiness meant that documents retained a stable reliability throughout centuries of upheaval.

BC Notaries are governed by the Notaries Act of BC and the discipline of their professional society. Today, the position of Notary as a member of one of the branches of the legal profession is sanctioned and safeguarded by law. BC Notaries are unique in North America, providing non-contentious legal services to the public.  The Society receives over 1600 application inquiries from the public annually! On average 20 to 25 students per year are selected.

BC Notaries are appointed for life by Royal Decree.  They are trustees and qualified professionals who have earned the public’s confidence through their performance in various specified areas of law.  Because the majority of Notaries concentrate on two areas of law, namely real estate and estate planning, our offices are devoted to and extremely proficient in successful document preparation.  As we do not practice in contentious areas, we can focus our time and energy to our client’s deadlines and priorities.

The professional work of a Notary is covered by an errors and omissions insurance plan, together with a “special fund” administered by the Society that protects the public in the unlikely event of fraud.

The average age of a BC Notary is 43; 55 percent are women.  BC’s Notaries reflect many ethnic backgrounds and languages.  Over one third of BC Notaries are involved in fundraising and social service, over one third in business associations, and more than 30 percent are active in youth sports and recreation.

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