I joined the Legal Clinic in 2005 as a staff lawyer after articling with a medium sized law firm in Ottawa. I worked at the Community Legal Aid Clinic for 3 years while attending law school at the University of Windsor. I enjoy and am committed to working to advance social justice and better our community for those who are disadvantaged.
I joined the clinic in January 2008. I am often the first person you speak with when you contact the clinic. As well as phone reception, I provide administrative assistance to our lawyers. I am happy to be a part of the team working at the Renfrew County Legal Clinic. I enjoy my interaction with our clients and the challenges and rewards that each day brings.
I have been at the Clinic the longest. I graduated from the legal assistant program at Canadore College in North Bay in 1987. Following three years of work with private bar lawyers in Pembroke and Renfrew, I started employment at the legal clinic as a Secretary/ Receptionist in 1990. I took on the Office Manager position in January 2004 and enjoy the challenge.
I've been a staff lawyer at the clinic since 1999. I really enjoy my work at the Clinic; it's one of the few opportunities a lawyer has to focus on assisting clients who very much need an advocate against the "system". As part of my work, I also participate on the Renfrew Committee for Abused Women (RCCAW) whose focus is to share information and resources in the County relating to issues of violence against women as well as to foster public awareness and education on these issues.
I came late to the practice of law, entering law school at the age of 37 after careers in music, teaching, social work, and horse-shoeing. I was called to the bar in 1987 and ran a general practice in Ottawa before joining the Renfrew County Legal Clinic as Executive Director in 1996.