Jacquelyn Stevens
President of the Women’s Law Association of Ontario

As we approach the end of our 99th year as an association and the holiday season, it’s a time to pause and reflect on the efforts made and successes achieved by so many women in the legal profession.  I am honoured to be the president of the WLAO as we move into our 100th year in 2019.

We have many exciting things planned for our 100th anniversary year including a speaker series focusing on the trailblazers,  the risk takers, our founding members and women practicing in legal careers at all levels and stages.  We will culminate our 100th year with a Gala Event on October 30, 2019 at the beautiful Carlu.  Please put this date in your calendar now so that you may join us.

I found an interesting quote from Erin Brockovich, who most of you will know as an environmental activist:

If you follow your heart, if you listen to your gut, and if you extend your hand to help another, not for any agenda, but for the sake of humanity, you are going to find the truth.

This struck a chord with me.  As we search, as we follow our hearts, as we listen to our gut, and as we extend a hand to help other women lawyers, not for any selfish reason but just for the sake of encouraging, supporting, promoting and uplifting each other, we will find the truth, and the legal profession will be better for it.

WLAO has an impressive history – we have women who have gone on to become judges of our courts, leaders of our provinces, territories and nation, our educators of the next generations and those who have worked tirelessly each day to make things a little better for others.

We are dedicated to our mission of empowering women in the legal profession by providing a collective voice and advocating for equality, diversity and change. Since 1919, WLAO has embodied and lived this mission through leadership and support.  We have been an active voice for women in the profession and a vital resource to members in their pursuit of fulfilling and successful careers in law.

We look forward to continuing this movement of encouragement and advancement as we charge full steam ahead into our 100th year and beyond!


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