McGuinty government appoints 100th justice of the peace



    13 Additional Justices Of The Peace Appointed

    TORONTO, June 10 /CNW/ - Attorney General Michael Bryant today announced
13 justice of the peace appointments to the Ontario Court of Justice,
effective June 20, 2007.
    "Justices of the peace play a significant role in the administration of
justice in this province," said Bryant. "These appointments demonstrate the
quality of the Ontario Court of Justice lay bench and will help us meet our
goal of ensuring that Ontario courts have the resources necessary to operate
efficiently and effectively."

    Justice of the Peace Tessa Benn-Ireland was most recently head of the
Children's Department at the Milliken Mills Community Branch of the Markham
Public Libraries. She served as a trustee with the York Region District School
Board for nine years. She was a governor of Seneca College of Applied Arts and
Technology. She has been a member of the board of directors of the United Way
of York Region and was on the board of the Markham Historical Museum. Justice
of the Peace Benn-Ireland was also president of the Markham African Caribbean
Association. She holds a bachelor of arts degree from the University of
Toronto. Associate Chief Justice/Coordinator of Justices of the Peace Donald
A. Ebbs has assigned Justice of the Peace Benn-Ireland to Newmarket in the
Central East region.

    Justice of the Peace Gordon Chaput has worked in the justice system since
1973, and since 1995 has been a provincial prosecutor. In that capacity, he
has gained an in-depth understanding of various provincial statutes including
the Provincial Offences Act, the Highway Traffic Act and the Liquor Licence
Act. Justice of the Peace Chaput has been president of the Provincial
Prosecutors' Association, a member of the Big Brothers Association and has
served on the Board of Directors of the Lambeth Horticultural Society. He
holds a general arts and science diploma from Lambton College of Applied Arts
and Technology. Associate Chief Justice/Coordinator of Justices of the Peace
Donald A. Ebbs has assigned Justice of the Peace Chaput to Kitchener in the
West region.

    Justice of the Peace Maxine Coopersmith has worked as a lawyer and an
adjudicator. As a lawyer, she has been a workplace safety and insurance
specialist for Canada Post Corporation. She practised with Gowling Lafleur
Henderson LLP and clerked at the Superior Court of Justice. She was a senior
adjudicator for the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board. Justice of the Peace
Coopersmith served as a member of the board of directors at Cancer Care
Ontario and the Juravinski Cancer Centre Foundation. She holds a masters in
business administration from the University of Ottawa and a bachelor of laws
from the University of Toronto. Associate Chief Justice/Coordinator of
Justices of the Peace Donald A. Ebbs has assigned Justice of the Peace
Coopersmith to Oshawa in the Central East region.

    Justice of the Peace Joseph Claude Jacques Desjardins has been a
provincial prosecutor in the Peel Crown attorney's office since 1999. He has
worked for the Ministry of Community and Social Services as an eligibility
review officer and was also an immigration adjudicator with the federal
Employment and Immigration Board. He is bilingual and began his career as a
lawyer in Laval, Quebec. He has a bachelor of laws degree from the University
of Montreal. Justice of the Peace Desjardins has been a member of the
Provincial Prosecutors Association. Associate Chief Justice/Coordinator of
Justices of the Peace Donald A. Ebbs has assigned Justice of the Peace
Desjardins to Brampton in the Central West region.

    Justice of the Peace Cheri Emrich has worked as a criminal court office
administrator, assistant trial coordinator, superior court room registrar and
family court clerk. She has a legal administration diploma from St. Clair
College. Justice of the Peace Emrich has been on the executive of the board of
directors for the St. Thomas Elgin Big Brothers/Big Sisters organization. She
was the chairperson of the Port Stanley School Council. Associate Chief
Justice/Coordinator of Justices of the Peace Donald A. Ebbs has assigned
Justice of the Peace Emrich to London in the West region.

    Justice of the Peace Ruth Legate Exon has been a principal with the
Waterloo Region District School Board and a vice-principal with both that
board and the Renfrew County District School Board. She founded a school for
students with mental health issues and has developed community workshops
addressing issues such as substance abuse, bullying and Internet safety.
Justice of the Peace Legate Exon has served on the Central South Courts
Management Advisory Committee and participated in the Canadian Bar Civil
Justice Review. She has a master of science in education from Niagara
University in New York and a bachelor of arts from the University of Waterloo.
Associate Chief Justice/Coordinator of Justices of the Peace Donald A. Ebbs
has assigned Justice of the Peace Legate Exon to Ottawa in the East region.

    Justice of the Peace Marsha Farnand holds a bachelor of arts degree from
Carleton University and a diploma in family mediation from McMaster
University. Most recently, she has been a board member and adjudicator for the
Social Benefits Tribunal. She was a case presenting officer in the Disability
Adjudication Unit at the Ministry of Community and Social Services. She has
been a mediator volunteer for the Etobicoke Conflict Mediation Team providing
mediation services through a community-based organization to the public at the
Etobicoke Private Information Court. She has also helped newcomers integrate
into the community through the Settlement and Integration Services
Organization in Hamilton. Associate Chief Justice/Coordinator of Justices of
the Peace Donald A. Ebbs has assigned Justice of the Peace Farnand to
Brantford in the Central West region.

    Justice of the Peace Richard Kivell has been a police officer and most
recently helped to co-ordinate the integrated dispatch and records management
system across a number of municipal police services for the Ontario Police
Technology and Information Cooperative. He has also been a superintendent with
the Halton Regional Police Service, a senior investigator at the Ontario
Civilian Commission on Police Services and an adjudicator in police discipline
tribunals in Halton, Sarnia and Kitchener/Waterloo. Justice of the Peace
Kivell has a certificate of public administration from Ryerson Polytechnic
University. He has been president of the Board of Directors for the Halton
Children's Aid Foundation and a member of the Cops Care committee, which
raises funds for community hospitals and cancer research. Associate Chief
Justice/Coordinator of Justices of the Peace Donald A. Ebbs has assigned
Justice of the Peace Kivell to Brampton in the Central West region.

    Justice of the Peace Martha Meikle has worked as manager of the Corporate
Services Unit in the Criminal Law Division of the Ministry of the Attorney
General. She has managed programs and projects related to domestic violence,
bail and other initiatives in the justice sector. She also worked as an
employee/labour relations consultant presenting employment related cases
before boards and tribunals. She has been an accredited coach with the Ajax
United Soccer Club and has been involved with the Ontario Basketball
Association as a board member and as the team manager for the Ajax Lions
basketball club. She holds a bachelor of arts degree from the University of
Waterloo. Associate Chief Justice/Coordinator of Justices of the Peace Donald
A. Ebbs has assigned Justice of the Peace Meikle to Newmarket in the Central
East region.

    Justice of the Peace Felix Mora was most recently a member of the Health
Professions Appeal and Review Board. He also served as a member of the
Immigration and Refugee Board for more than a decade. He has been a member of
the Resettlement Deployment Program Roster for the United Nations High
Commissioner for Refugees/International Catholic Migration Commission
Resettlement Deployment Program. He has been president of the Canadian
Hispanic Congress and was a member of the Board of Presidents for the Canadian
Ethocultural Council. He has been a member of the Society of Ontario
Adjudicators and Regulators. Associate Chief Justice/Coordinator of Justices
of the Peace Donald A. Ebbs has assigned Justice of the Peace Mora to Barrie
in the Central East region.

    Justice of the Peace Ronald Prestage began his career as a police officer
and most recently has been a provincial prosecutor with the Crown attorney's
office in the Regional Municipality of Durham. He was the owner and operator
of Pointts Durham working as court agent in Provincial Offences Act matters.
He has been a member of the Paralegal Program Advisory Committee at Durham
College and a member of the Professional Paralegal Association of Ontario.
Justice of the Peace Prestage has also been a member of the Whitby Chamber of
Commerce. Associate Chief Justice/Coordinator of Justices of the Peace Donald
A. Ebbs has assigned Justice of the Peace Prestage to Oshawa in the Central
East region.

    Justice of the Peace Zeljana Radulovic has been in the legal field for
more than 25 years. She holds a bachelor of laws degree from the University of
Sarajevo. She served as a judge of the Provincial Court - Criminal Division in
Zenica in the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina. She has volunteered at the
Sunnyside Home for the elderly in Kitchener. Associate Chief
Justice/Coordinator of Justices of the Peace Donald A. Ebbs has assigned
Justice of the Peace Radulovic to Kitchener in the West region.

    Justice of the Peace Beverly Souliere most recently was the coordinator
of a problem gambling prevention program and has worked as a long-term care
supervisor for the Metis Nation of Ontario in Ottawa. She was a crisis line
worker and transitional support worker and counsellor at Minwaashin Lodge. She
has been the board president for the Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health in
Ottawa. Justice of the Peace Souliere has a diploma as a child and youth
worker from the Northern College of Applied Arts and Technology in South
Porcupine. Associate Chief Justice/Coordinator of Justices of the Peace Donald
A. Ebbs has assigned Justice of the Peace Souliere to Ottawa in the East
region.

    These appointees have been interviewed by the Justice of the Peace
Appointments Advisory Committee, established through the Access to Justice
Act, 2006.
    Attorney General Michael Bryant has announced the appointment of 100
justices of the peace since the McGuinty government was sworn in on
October 23, 2003.

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Minister's Office, (416) 326-1785; Brendan Crawley, Ministry of the Attorney
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