2017 Annual Awards Gala Honours Remarkable Women!

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Congratulations to the successful lawyers and law students who were presented with their awards at the Rosewater Room in Toronto.

President’s Award – Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund (LEAF)

General Counsel Chapter Award – Doris Stamml, Chief Legal Counsel at Ernst & Young

The Lerners LLP/WLAO Elizabeth Grace Emerging Leaders Award recognizes women in law who are emerging leaders in their fields.

2017 recipient – Lianna Yeung, Manager, Legal Counsel at Capital One Bank

Aird & Berlis LLP/WLAO Equality Award is designed to recognize a woman law student who has dedicated her time and talents to advancing equality rights.

2017 recipient – Yadesha Satheaswaran, Osgoode Hall Law School

The Avril A. Farlam Advocacy Award is designed to recognize outstanding participation in the legal clinic program of any one of the Ontario law schools.

2017 recipient – Shani Ocquaye, Osgoode Hall Law School

The Honourable Sandra Chapnik Women-in-Law Award recognizes remarkable female law students who exemplify the drive and determination to achieve a law degree after having spent quality time in the workforce.

2017 recipient – Emily Finnie, Osgoode Hall Law School

The Torkin Manes LLP/ WLAO Trailblazer Award recognizes a female law student for her leadership role in business and the law.

2017 recipient – Precia Darshan, Queen’s University, Faculty of Law

Pictures from our Gala evening will be available shortly.

 

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WLAO recognises LEAF as 2017 President’s Award winner at June 5th Gala Celebration

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WLAO is pleased to announce that the 2017 WLAO President’s Award will be presented to LEAF at our Annual Awards Gala on June 5, 2017. The 2017 WLAO General Counsel Chapter Award will also be presented to Doris Stamml, Chief Legal Counsel at Ernst & Young.

The WLAO President’s Award recognizes a woman, firm or organization who has made a substantial contribution to the legal community, and as a recognized leader, demonstrates a commitment to the promotion of women in the law.  Through LEAF’s (Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund) involvement in litigation, law reform and public education using the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, the substantive equality rights of all women and girls are advanced.  LEAF’s mission as described by LEAF’s Legal Director, Dr. Kim Stanton, “is to be the leading voice in substantive equality across Canada.”

2017 Annual Awards Gala
When: Monday, June 5, 2017
Time: 5:30pm reception (cash bar); 6:15pm dinner
Location: The Rosewater Room, 19 Toronto Street, Toronto

At the Gala, WLAO will present the 2017 WLAO General Counsel Chapter Award to Doris Stamml, Chief Legal Counsel at Ernst & Young. This award recognizes a member of the General Counsel Chapter for her leadership role and commitment to the success of women in law.

We will also present our 2017 lawyer and student awards including the Lerners LLP Elizabeth Grace Emerging Leaders Award, the new Honourable Sandra Chapnik Women-in-Law Award, the Avril Farlam Advocacy Award, the Aird & Berlis LLP Equality Award, and the Torkin Manes LLP Trailblazer Award.

We hope you can join us at our celebration honouring fantastic women and their remarkable accomplishments!

Click here to purchase tickets or a table – space is limited.

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Upcoming Events and Membership Renewal

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Please take a moment to renew your WLAO membership, or to join, so we can continue to advocate on behalf of women lawyers in Ontario.

Upcoming events in 2017 you don’t want to miss!

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President’s Holiday Message

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Dear Members,

With only a few days left in 2016, I hope that you will take time over the holiday season to spend with friends and family—leaving your work concerns at the office—and take time for what is most important to you. I wish you a joyous and relaxing holiday season filled with what has particular meaning to you. For those who are travelling over the holidays I wish you safe travels.

As the New Year approaches and you turn your mind to renewal and new goals for 2017, please take time to renew your WLAO membership so we can continue to advocate on behalf of women lawyers in Ontario. I look forward to seeing at our upcoming events in 2017.

On behalf of the WLAO Board of Directors,

Shelley Quinn
President

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A fantastic turnout to the November 24, 2016 Holiday Event with Keynote speaker The Honourable Patty Hajdu

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The Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Status of Women, gave an inspiring keynote address at our annual seasonal dinner on November 24th. Minister Hajdu, well known and well respected within her community for her work on substance use issues, harm reduction, housing, and public health, spoke of the current projects underway within her portfolio, everything from strategies for working toward elimination of gender based violence, to diversity, pay equity, Person’s Day, and the historic and evolving roles of women in Canada. Our thanks to Minister Hajdu for taking the opportunity to spend time with WLAO members and guests.

We also heard from the Honourable Julie Dabrusin, Member of Parliament for Toronto-Danforth, whose volunteer efforts won Julie the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for Community Service in 2013. Julie provided an entertaining and thoughtful overview of her constituency concerns before taking a moment to introduce Minister Hajdu.

A beautiful evening of camaraderie, thoughtful discussion, delicious food, and a lovely venue; thanks to all who attended!

 

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President’s Message

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 Ontario 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.

First, join us for this year’s annual holiday event on Thursday, Nov. 24,at the Windsor Arms Hotel. We are delighted to have the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Status of Women, as our guest speaker that night, to share with us some of her keys to success in life and career.

Your membership in the WLAO helps us in many important ways. Your fees allow us to arrange events of all types—both learning, social and mentoring—in addition to maintaining our website, phone and email presence. If you are not yet a member please join today. Your fees paid before the end of 2016 will keep your membership current through 2017. If you are a former member please update your membership today; you will pay a discounted fee to attend our events.

Please join me in the coming months for events that will not only honour those who preceded us, but recognize women who are contributing above and beyond, today—and pave the way for those who come after us.

Tanya Walker, lawyer, first black female Bencher elected from Toronto

On August 9, 2016, WLAO member, lawyer Tanya Walker became the first elected black woman from Toronto to become a Bencher in the Law Society of Ontario’s 219-year history.
The Law Society of Ontario is the governing body for the legal profession in Ontario. benchers make rules and regulations for lawyers and paralegals.
After her call to the bar in 2006, Ms. Walker practiced at two downtown Toronto firms before starting her own firm Walker Law Professional Corporation, in 2010. Her practice is in commercial litigation and she represents businesses and individuals with financial disputes.
“I am looking forward to bringing my own voice to the Law Society,” says Ms. Walker. “That voice looks to access to justice and fair opportunity for people of all backgrounds.”
Ms. Walker, who received 2,871 votes, is one of 20 Toronto benchers out of a total of 40 benchers in Ontario. These 40 benchers are elected every four years by lawyers in Ontario who vote for them.

Click on Tanya’s picture below to see her interview with the Treasurer.
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WLAO Member Avril Farlam appointed Vice Chair of the Licence Appeal Tribunal.

Congratulations to Avril Farlam on her appointment as Vice Chair of te Licence Appeal Tribunal (part time).  The Ontario Licence Appeal Tribunal hears appeals from decisions concerning compensation claims and licensing activities regulated by the Ministry of Consumer Services, the Ministry of Transportation, the Ministry of Children and Youth Services, the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing, and the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services.

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Sold Out! 15th Annual Deb Snead Memorial Golf Event

15th Annual Deb Snead Memorial Golf Event, August 15, 2016

Time again to escape the office/courtroom for an afternoon of fun! Join WLAO and CAWEE at Ladies’ Golf Club of Toronto, just a half hour’s drive north from the downtown core. Come out early and have lunch, relax and loosen up before you play! If you have never played this is an ideal opportunity to give it a try – no experience necessary! Appropriate golf attire required.

After the 9-hole round, enjoy a delicious dinner on the Clubhouse patio. If you can’t make it to golf, definitely join us for dinner!

We need your help. Consider supporting our event through a hole sponsorship or the donation of a draw/golfer prize.

Where:  The Ladies’ Golf Club of Toronto 7859 Yonge Street, Thornhill, ON

When:  2:00pm 9-hole Shotgun Scramble (Rain or Shine!); 5:00pm Cocktail Reception; 6:00pm Dinner

Cost: (golf fees include dinner)
Members – $155 (plus HST)
Guest of member – $155 (plus HST)
Non-members – $180 (plus HST)
Foursome – $650 (plus HST)
Student – $120 (plus HST)
Dinner only – $60 (plus HST)

Golf Clinic

For a small fee, Ladies’ Golf Club will offer a pre-event golf clinic at 12:00pm. We must have at least 10 participants per group so availability is dependent upon demand.

Registration Information

All registration fees must be prepaid on or before August 10, 2016. Golf fees include nine holes of golf, a cocktail reception and dinner.

Online registration is available below. If you prefer to pay by cheque please email wlao@cogeco.ca and an invoice will be arranged.

Click here to make a purchase https://wlao.on.ca/events/2016/08/15th-annual-deb-snead-memorial-golf-event/

Sponsorship and Donation Information

On behalf of WLAO and CAWEE we would like to take this opportunity to say “Thank You” to our past sponsors and ask for your continued support.

If you are just hearing about this event for the first time, please contribute to this great day by becoming a sponsor, or providing product and prizes we can use as Silent Auction or Raffle items or distribute to our participants. Proceeds from the silent auction/raffle are utilized in support of WLAO programs, the CAWEE “charity of the year” (Homeward Bound), and to garner funding for programs and scholarships.

Sponsorship Levels:
Reception Sponsor ($1500) – includes items below plus your sign displayed at the dinner; inclusion in social media posts + 2 tickets

Hole Sponsor ($350) + a gift worth ~ $75 – includes items below plus your sign displayed at one hole; your company name & logo (with hotlink) on the WLAO and CAWEE website + 1 ticket to the dinner

Prize Sponsor (Item to be worth $75 or more) – includes your logo on event material distributed at the event, your promotional material distributed at the event; recognition during the event

Grab Bag Sponsor – Your logo displayed at the event, plus your products distributed in our grab bags at the event. We are also looking for the donation of 100 bags to be used for the “swag” being distributed

Please send an email to wlao@cogeco.ca if you would like to become a sponsor or donate an item to our event.

24
Jun
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Young Lawyers Mentoring Event – June 24, 2019

Sold Out! 15th Annual Deb Snead Memorial Golf Event
Mentoring
19
Aug
12:00 am

Annual Golf Event – August 19, 2019

Sold Out! 15th Annual Deb Snead Memorial Golf Event
25
Sep
5:30 pm

100th Anniversary Speaker Series – September 25, 2019

Sold Out! 15th Annual Deb Snead Memorial Golf Event
30
Oct
6:00 pm - 9:30 pm

100th Anniversary Gala – October 30, 2019

Sold Out! 15th Annual Deb Snead Memorial Golf Event
100th Anniversary / Social

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