About us

Our heritage

We are passionate about what we do because it is who we are. For over three decades, notarial service has been the cornerstone of our family's identity. Our expertise is passed down from one generation to the next, our commitment to excellence has only strengthened with time.

Michelle Broughton was inspired by her mother, who was a practicing notary in Gibsons, BC from 1990 to 2007. Michelle established her own practice in 2007 in Maple Ridge. In 2019, Liza Afanassieva joined the practice as a first-generation Notary Public. We affectionately like to say that Liza has been “adopted into the family”. In 2023, Chantal L. M. Despot, daughter of Michelle Broughton, became commissioned as a third generation Notary Public and joined the team of Notaries.

As of November 1st, 2023, two of our dedicated employees and Notaries Public, Liza and Chantal, purchased Michelle Broughton’s practice and have rebranded to Ridge Notaries. Chantal and Liza have demonstrated exceptional dedication, expertise, and a deep understanding of our clients' needs over the years. Their passion for Notary services and commitment to excellence align perfectly with our values. Our Notary family is honored to be at your assistance through every milestone.

Our team



Michelle Broughton opened her Notary Public practice and has been providing legal services in Maple Ridge since 2007. Michelle prides herself on providing legal services with the highest integrity and attention to detail. Being a Notary Public is a very fulfilling career and helping my clients is rewarding. Michelle is a board member of the Society of Notaries Public of British Columbia. Michelle has been active in the community and served in various executive positions with Haney Rotary since 2007. When not at the office, you can find Michelle on the golf course! Michelle finds that being a notary public is a very fulfilling career and helping clients is rewarding.


Elizaveta (Liza)

Liza is a first-generation Notary Public, a proud immigrant, and a Canadian Armed Forces veteran. Born in the Russian Far East and having grown up in Richmond, she relocated permanently to Maple Ridge in 2016. Liza has an academic background in international relations. She has worked in the military and the retail banking industry. Her diverse life experience enables her to easily connect with clients from all walks of life. She believes in the importance of honest communication. Liza prides herself in making sure she understands not only the needs of her clients, but that they thoroughly understand what they are signing. When she isn’t working on your real estate file, she is probably digging in the garden with her dog, August.


Chantal L. M.

Chantal L. M. Despot is proud to be a third-generation Notary Public. Chantal was commissioned as a Notary Public by the Supreme Court of BC in June 2023. At her commissioning ceremony, she was honoured to win two awards. Chantal achieved the highest overall marks in all Notarial Statutory Exams of her class and received the prestigious 36th Annual Dr. Bernard W. Hoeter Award. She also received the 16th Annual Professor Robert Reid Award for the highest marks on the Property Law exam. Chantal warmly simplifies the complexities of estate and personal planning to build an actionable plan for her clients. She endeavors for her clients to leave the office feeling at ease and confident that their wishes are taken care of. In her free time, Chantal enjoys cooking and hosting her friends and family.

Leveraging our generational experience

With each successive generation, we've honed our craft, adapting it to the evolving legal landscape while preserving the timeless values that define our profession. Our combined experience and diverse backgrounds ensure that you receive the highest standard of notarial services, tailored to your specific needs. We are proud residents of Pitt Meadows and Maple Ridge. We understand the unique needs and challenges that our community faces.

What we do


Your Journey, Our Priority

Navigating through life's pivotal moments requires a trusted advisor who truly understands your aspirations and concerns. Whether you're buying your first home, sponsoring an overseas family member for a visit, or safeguarding your family's future, we're here to provide the guidance and documentation you need.


Our Promise

Our family's legacy is built on trust. Trust is the foundation of our business and how we operate. We take immense pride in being transparent and honest with our clients through every step. When you choose Ridge Notaries, you are choosing trustworthy professionals you can rely on.


Community-Centered Approach

We believe in the benefits of a community working together. By investing in the success of other local businesses, we contribute to a stronger, more vibrant future for our community and future generations.

Let's Begin Your Ridge Notaries Journey

We're honored to be a part of your life's important moments. Contact us today and take the first step towards building your legacy for generations to come.

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#105 - 11893 227th Street,
Maple Ridge, BC
V2X 6H9

Conveniently located in the Brickwater Building!

Street parking available

Contact Info

Tel: (604)-476-2131

Email: info@ridgenotaries.com

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