About Kristina 

Mother. Wife. Lawyer. Miltonian 

I attended my first council meeting at seven years old when council was debating speed limits on our rural road. The presence of the neighborhood's children (me and my siblings) showed councillors the danger a high limit would pose. It made me feel that even as a little girl, I could make a difference.

Now, as a married mom of four with a successful law practice, I've channelled my experience, passion, and insight to be a voice at Town Hall for you and your family since 2018. 

Rural Roots

I was born at Milton District Hospital when it was still surrounded by farmer’s fields. I was raised in rural Milton - my first years on a farm on Appleby Line, and my school years in Milton Heights, where my parents still reside. Internet and street lighting were luxuries growing up, but so was the serenity of wide open spaces.  I understand the unique challenges and joys of rural life.
 

 

Urban Life

As a young couple, my husband and I could only afford a townhouse in Milton’s new suburban developments, and decided to settle in town to raise our four children, Thomas, Ashby, William, and Andrew. My husband opened a small business on Main Street, Crave Systems, which he has operated for 20 years. I have a thriving law practice in Milton. We love the opportunity and vibrancy that living in urban Milton has brought.

A Bit More About Me...

  • Married for 20 years to Chris Derksen, a local small business owner.

  • Serving Milton families for over two decades as a local Funeral Director.

  • Practicing law in Milton with experience in family law litigation and dispute resolution,  real estate law and estate planning.

  • Called to the Ontario Bar as a Lawyer in 2013.

  • Graduated from the University of Toronto Faculty of Law, with the degree of Juris Doctor, 2012. 

  • Graduated (with High Distinction) from University of Toronto at Mississauga (Erindale) with the degree of Honours Bachelor of Arts, Specialist Double Major in History and Political Science, 2009.

  • Graduated (with Honours) from Humber College Funeral Service Education, 2001. 

  • Attended Holy Rosary Elementary School and Bishop Reding Secondary School, both in Milton.

  • My mother is a retired nurse whose family came to Canada in the 1800s after several generations in Rhode Island. My father is a retired truck driver and cabinet maker, and immigrated to Canada as a child refugee from Italy.  I have three younger siblings, all residing in Milton. 

  • I really enjoy travel, jazz music, baking, history, languages, hobby astronomy, dancing, and cheesecakes of all kinds.

Board Appointments and Memberships

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I am a Director on the following Boards (all volunteer and unpaid):

  • Townsend Smith Foundation Board of Directors 

  • Milton Public Library Board

  • Downtown Milton Business Improvement Area (DMBIA) Board

  • Milton Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors

  • CFUW (Canadian Federation of University Women) Milton & District Executive Commitee

 

I am a member of the following organizations (all volunteer and unpaid): 

  • Nassagaweya Community Consultation Committee

  • Chair of Fundraising Committee - Townsend Smith Foundation 

  • Italian Cultural Centre of Milton (ICCM)

  • United Way Halton & Hamilton Poverty Roundtable

  • 100 Women Who Care Milton

  • Law Society of Ontario (LSO) 

  • Bereavement Authority of Ontario (BAO)