Attorney General announces Thunder Bay judicial appointment

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Attorney General announces Thunder Bay judicial appointment

Ministry of the Attorney General

TORONTO, Dec. 16 - Attorney General Michael Bryant announced today the appointment of Joyce Lynn Pelletier as a provincial judge to the Ontario Court of Justice, effective December 28, 2005. "Madam Justice Pelletier has served the people of northern Ontario for many years, in both a legal capacity and in community service," said Bryant. "Her knowledge, expertise and many accomplishments will allow her to make a significant contribution to the bench." Madam Justice Pelletier was called to the bar in 1992, and practised in her own firm for several years, with an emphasis on child protection matters, custody and access, and criminal law. Since 1997, she has been the executive director of the Dilico Ojibway Child and Family Services in Thunder Bay, overseeing 300 staff in the delivery of child protection, children's mental health, adult addiction, long term care and health services. At the agency, she also gained further experience in the areas of child protection law, employment law and non-profit corporate law. Madam Justice Pelletier taught courses at Lakehead University and Confederation College, and was a First Nation government advisor on the Ojibway 1850 Treaty Council. She is a board member for Legal Aid Ontario and vice-president of the Association of Native Child and Family Services of Ontario. Madam Justice Pelletier is a member of the Ojibway Nation, originating from Fort William First Nation, an Ojibway community near the City of Thunder Bay, Ontario. Chief Justice Brian W. Lennox has assigned Madam Justice Pelletier to preside in Thunder Bay. Bryant has appointed 43 judges since the McGuinty government was sworn in on October 23, 2003. Disponible en fran├žais www.attorneygeneral.jus.gov.on.caFor further information: Greg Crone, Minister's Office, (416) 326-1785; Brendan Crawley, Communications Branch, (416) 326-2210