New Justices of the Peace Appointed

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New Justices of the Peace Appointed

Ministry of the Attorney General

Ontario has appointed 21 new Justices of the Peace to the Ontario Court of Justice, effective March 12, 2014. 

Justice of the Peace Karen (Soloman) Baum has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Manitoba and a Creative Communications (Journalism) diploma from Red River Community College. She has worked as a journalist for the past 17 years. Most recently, she was the television news producer for CBC television in Ottawa. She has also been a general assignment reporter/TV news anchor with CTV Ottawa, where she developed stories on municipal politics, health, human interest, crime and courts, and wrote, produced and anchored newscasts. Justice of the Peace Baum has served as a board member of the Cornerstone Housing for Women Foundation, the Caring and Sharing Exchange and the United Way/Centraide Ottawa. Associate Chief Justice/Coordinator of Justices of the Peace Faith M. Finnestad has assigned Justice of the Peace Baum to Toronto.

Justice of the Peace Anna Lynn Blauveldt has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of New Brunswick. She is bilingual. She has been Canada's ambassador to the Republic of Iceland, a human resources consultant and federal public servant, including executive positions in the portfolios of Aboriginal health, official languages, human resources and trade. Justice of the Peace Blauveldt has been an active member of her residents' association and a member of the board for the DIVA Foundation, a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to advancing and celebrating achievements that improve the health and well-being of women. Associate Chief Justice/Coordinator of Justices of the Peace Faith M. Finnestad has assigned Justice of the Peace Blauveldt to Ottawa.

Justice of the Peace Helena Mary Cassano has held various positions in the court services division at the Ministry of the Attorney General since 2005, including supervisor and manager of court operations in Brampton, Milton, Burlington and Orangeville. She has volunteered at the St. Dunstan Catholic School as chair of the advisory council, and as a parent advocate for special needs students, as well as acting as a manager for a girls soccer club. Associate Chief Justice/Coordinator of Justices of the Peace Faith M. Finnestad has assigned Justice of the Peace Cassano to Brampton.

Justice of the Peace Holly Charyna has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Lakehead University. Since 2010, she has been executive director of the Temagami First Nation at Bear Island. Prior to becoming executive director, she served as the organization's health services manager, shelter director and was elected as Chief in 1993. Justice of the Peace Charyna was founding director/president of the First Nations Health Managers Association, chairperson of the Bear Island Education Authority and was a joint management committee representative for Ontario's Aboriginal Healing and Wellness Strategy. Associate Chief Justice/Coordinator of Justices of the Peace Faith M. Finnestad has assigned Justice of the Peace Charyna to Owen Sound.

Justice of the Peace Ralph James Cotter received his Masters of Laws degree from Osgoode Hall Law School in 2006. He has been a provincial prosecutor for more than 10 years at the Ministry of the Attorney General. He has also been a professor at Conestoga College for security/police foundations and law clerk programs. He has more than 20 years of community service experience as board member for the program advisory committee for Conestoga College and as a volunteer for Mennonite Central Committee Ontario. Associate Chief Justice/Coordinator of Justices of the Peace Faith M. Finnestad has assigned Justice of the Peace Cotter to Brampton.

Justice of the Peace Veruschka Fisher-Grant has a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Toledo College of Law, in Toledo, Ohio, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Toronto. She has been a lawyer in private practice in Mississauga since 2009. Prior to that, she served for nine years as an assistant Crown attorney for the Ministry of the Attorney General. Justice of the Peace Fisher-Grant has volunteered on the board of directors for the Fun School Nursery School and has been a co-chair/council member of the Forest Avenue Public School Parent Council. Associate Chief Justice/Coordinator of Justices of the Peace Faith M. Finnestad has assigned Justice of the Peace Fisher-Grant to Toronto.

Justice of the Peace Ginette Forgues has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Ottawa and an Ontario teacher's certificate from Laurentian University. She is bilingual and has worked as a teacher and school principal for the French Catholic School Board of Eastern Ontario for the past 34 years. She has also worked as a mentor for new principals and vice-principals. She has been a volunteer for the Optimist Club of Cornwall, Palais d'Alexandria Retirement Home, and the Cornwall Community Hospital. Associate Chief Justice/Coordinator of Justices of the Peace Faith M. Finnestad has assigned Justice of the Peace Forgues to Cornwall.

Justice of the Peace Rosanne Giulietti has a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Toronto and was called to the Bar in 1993. She was a solicitor with the City of Toronto and has worked in private practice. Most recently, she has been counsel with the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services. She has also served as an instructor in public law for the Law Society of Upper Canada's Bar Admission Course. Justice of the Peace Giulietti has served on the boards of directors for Perinatal Bereavement Services of Ontario and the Canadian Italian Advocates Organization. She has also been a mentor with the Medical Legal Society of Toronto. Associate Chief Justice/Coordinator of Justices of the Peace Faith M. Finnestad has assigned Justice of the Peace Giulietti to Toronto.

Justice of the Peace Thomas Glassford has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Western Ontario. He has been assistant registrar for the Justices of the Peace Review Council and Ontario Judicial Council since 2002. He has previously held positions in the Ministry of the Attorney General with the Assessment Review Board. Justice of the Peace Glassford has been a member and acting chair of his local municipal appeals committee and representative of his municipal heritage advisory committee. He has also served as a district referee for the Ontario Soccer Association. Associate Chief Justice/Coordinator of Justices of the Peace Faith M. Finnestad has assigned Justice of the Peace Glassford to Toronto.

Justice of the Peace Jane V. Hawtin has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Queen's University and a mediation certificate from Harvard Law School. Since 1985 she has been president of Amberlight Productions Inc., a media training, public relations and television and radio production company that develops products for national and local broadcasters. For the past 15 years, she has also guest hosted a range of CBC radio programs on a regular basis. Justice of the Peace Hawtin has been a mentor/coach for Aboriginal youth and a volunteer fundraiser for Harmony Foundation Nepal. She has also been an active fundraiser for the Performers Arts Lodge in Toronto. Associate Chief Justice/Coordinator of Justices of the Peace Faith M. Finnestad has assigned Justice of the Peace Hawtin to Toronto.

Justice of the Peace Rizwan M. Khan has a Bachelor of Laws from Queen's University and was called to the Bar in 2001. For the past decade he has been a sole practitioner specializing in criminal defence. Prior to establishing his own practice, he was a staff duty counsel for Legal Aid Ontario in Etobicoke. He has been a volunteer adjudicator for Legal Aid Ontario, and participated in mock trials for the Toronto Committee on Community Race and Ethnic Relations. Associate Chief Justice/Coordinator of Justices of the Peace Faith M. Finnestad has assigned Justice of the Peace Khan to Toronto.

Justice of the Peace Paula M. Konstantinidis has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Toronto. She has worked in public service for more than a decade, most recently as director of the Legal Services Program Support Branch at the Ministry of the Attorney General, where she managed staff and corporate operations. Prior to working in the Ministry of the Attorney General, she worked at the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario and the ministries of Labour, Transportation and Government Services. Justice of the Peace Konstantinidis has been a volunteer for the United Way and health charity fundraising campaigns, a parent volunteer with charities St. Demetrios School and Polymenakion Cultural Centre in Toronto and a volunteer for Cabbagetown Community Arts Centre. Associate Chief Justice/Coordinator of Justices of the Peace Faith M. Finnestad has assigned Justice of the Peace Konstantinidis to Toronto.

Justice of the Peace Paul Langlois has worked in numerous capacities within the Ministry of the Attorney General over the past 30 years, as a court reporter, a senior deputy sheriff and as a manager of court operations. For the past 10 years, he has been a director of court operations with the ministry for the North East and then West Regions. Justice of the Peace Langlois has served as a municipal councillor for the Town of Cochrane, firefighter captain with the Cochrane Volunteer Fire Department and as a board member of Haileybury Minor Hockey Association. Associate Chief Justice/Coordinator of Justices of the Peace Faith M. Finnestad has assigned Justice of the Peace Langlois to London.

Justice of the Peace John Gary McMahon has a Bachelor of Laws and Masters of Business Administration from Université de Moncton and was called to the Bar in 2003. Justice of the Peace McMahon is bilingual. Since 2005 he has been a partner at Brunet McMahon LLP, practicing criminal, real estate, civil and succession law.  In addition, Justice of the Peace McMahon has acted as a Legal Aid Ontario per diem duty counsel for criminal matters, a per diem prosecutor for Highway Traffic Act matters and has handled matters on behalf of the Office of the Children's Lawyer.  Prior to 2005, he was a sole practitioner specializing in wills and estates, and criminal law.  He has been a member of the Ethics Committee for the Maison Vale Hospice, and a board member for Sudbury District Restorative Justice, the Canadian Mental Health Association, Sudbury/Manitoulin and Sudbury District Law Association.  Associate Chief Justice/Coordinator of Justices of the Peace Faith M. Finnestad has assigned Justice of the Peace McMahon to Sault Ste. Marie.

Justice of the Peace Jane Moffatt has been a discipline paralegal for the Law Society of Upper Canada and prior to that was a prosecutor for the Regional Municipality of Durham and the City of Oshawa for 17 years. Justice of the Peace Moffatt has been a leading member of the board for the Prosecutors' Association of Ontario, including six years as president and was a member of the board of Big Sisters of Oshawa/Whitby and Clarington. Associate Chief Justice/Coordinator of Justices of the Peace Faith M. Finnestad has assigned Justice of the Peace Moffatt to Peterborough.

Justice of the Peace Lloyd Phillipps has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Carleton University and a diploma in Paralegal Studies from Loyalist College.  He has been an adjudicator at the Landlord and Tenant Board in London, an investigator and provincial prosecutor, and a professor at Niagara College in Welland, where he taught courses, including business law. Most recently he has been an investigator with the Ministry of the Environment. Justice of the Peace Phillipps has been active in his local school council.  Associate Chief Justice/Coordinator of Justices of the Peace Faith M. Finnestad has assigned Justice of the Peace Phillpps to Toronto.

Justice of the Peace Renée Rerup has worked for Legal Aid Ontario for more than 10 years in numerous capacities, including as a paralegal and an application assessment officer. Most recently, she was manager of Legal Aid Ontario's Newmarket Criminal Duty Counsel Office. She has also been a board member of the York Region Abuse Program, a co-chair of the Central East Human Services Justice Coordinating Committee, and a member of the Domestic Violence Court Advisory and Youth Court Advocacy Committees in Newmarket.  Associate Chief Justice/Coordinator of Justices of the Peace Faith M. Finnestad has assigned Justice of the Peace Rerup to Barrie.

Justice of the Peace Raffaella Annamaria Scarpato has a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Windsor and was called to the Bar in 2004. Since then she has been a criminal duty counsel for Legal Aid Ontario. She has represented clients at bail and sentencing hearings, including in youth and Gladue courts, in Toronto and Brampton. She has represented Legal Aid Ontario on the Justice on Target initiative, as a guest speaker for international delegations. Justice of the Peace Scarpato has been a mentor and trainer for students interested in law as a career, including at events hosted by Legal Aid Ontario, Ontario Justice Education Network and Laws Action Within Schools Court Experience Program. Associate Chief Justice/Coordinator of Justices of the Peace Faith M. Finnestad has assigned Justice of the Peace Scarpato to Toronto.

Justice of the Peace Audrey Greene Summers has a Masters' degree in Science, Marital and Family Therapy from the Fuller Seminary School of Psychology in Pasadena, Calif. Since 2003, she has been managing director and psychotherapist at Healing Nations Counselling and Clinical Consulting Services. She has also been a professor of social sciences and early child development at Niagara College - Six Nations Polytechnic Campus. Justice of the Peace Summers served as a Six Nations Council delegate for the Brantford Children's Aid Society board of directors, and has provided clinical and administrative expertise to Six Nations Council and related social service agencies. Associate Chief Justice/Coordinator of Justices of the Peace Faith M. Finnestad has assigned Justice of the Peace Summers to Brantford.

Justice of the Peace Michele Thompson has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Western Ontario. Since 1998, she has been a manager of the Victim/Witness Assistance Program for the Ministry of the Attorney General, in Kitchener, Stratford and Goderich. Her duties included planning and co-ordinating the delivery of programs for victims and witnesses of crime. Justice of the Peace Thompson is a member of the Huron-Perth Human Services Justice Coordinating Committee, the Goderich and Stratford Youth Justice Committees, and has been involved in a broad range of community organizations addressing domestic violence and elder abuse. Associate Chief Justice/Coordinator of Justices of the Peace Faith M. Finnestad has assigned Justice of the Peace Thompson to Walkerton.

Justice of the Peace Karen Valentine has a Bachelor of Laws from University of Windsor and was called to the Bar in 2002. She has practised law as a sole practitioner and for five years she was legal counsel for two major insurance companies, where she handled liability claims and participated in negotiation, mediation and other forms of alternative dispute resolution. Justice of the Peace Valentine was a trustee with the Durham Catholic District School Board, a director of Community Justice Alternatives of Durham Region, and acted as a tutor for candidates preparing for the real estate section of the Ontario Bar examinations. Associate Chief Justice/Coordinator of Justices of the Peace Faith M. Finnestad has assigned Justice of the Peace Valentine to Toronto.

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