President of the Women’s Law Association of Ontario
The Women’s Law Association—97 years young—is the oldest surviving independent legal association in Ontario and Canada’s first women’s legal organization. As the 58th woman to serve as President of the WLAO I look forward to stewarding this great organization closer to its 100th anniversary in 2019.
As we prepare for our Centennial we will be celebrating our rich history. WLAO has been the voice of women in the Ontario Bar from the days of Suffrage into this Millennial era that honours the many facets of diversity in society and in our profession.
During the next couple of years, we’ll be honouring the women who went before us, upon whose shoulders we stand. Among the many remarkable former WLAO Presidents are the Honourable Madam Justice Van Camp (President 1957-1962), the first woman in Canada to be appointed to the Supreme Court of Ontario; Laura Legge (1964 – 1966), the first woman Bencher of the Law Society of Upper Canada and the first woman to serve as LSUC Treasurer; the Honourable Sandra Chapnik (1988-89), who served as an Ontario Superior Court of Justice judge for 24 years. So many incredible women have led the way, breaking barriers and marking milestones, that I am humbled to follow in their footsteps.
The WLAO has expanded the size of the Board of Directors and we are looking for 3 dynamic woman to lead, empower and advocate for women lawyers. Please be in touch by the end of February if you would like to join us as a Board Member!
We have lots of exciting programs in March starting with the International Women’s Day program on March 9 at the Law Society of Upper Canada. March 21 is the Be Your Own Boss program sponsored by the Young Lawyers Chapter. March 29 we’ll be Speed Mentoring with women lawyers at the top of their game. Watch the WLAO website for more information.