One New Judge Appointed To The Northwest Region
The province has appointed one new judge to the Ontario Court of Justice in the Northwest Region. In total, five judicial appointments have been made across Ontario and will be effective December 2, 2009.
Madam Justice Joyce Susan Elder was called to the Bar in 1985 and became an associate at Vaughan, Willms in Toronto. In 1986, she became an associate at Cheadle, Bryan, Johnson, Shanks in Thunder Bay. In 1990, she co-founded the law firm Bode and Tom, and since 1996, has been a sole practitioner. In 1988 she became a panel member for the Office of the Children's Lawyer representing children in dependents' relief proceedings, custody and access disputes and child protection matters. She was also a settlement conference facilitator for Legal Aid Ontario and a panel member of Pro Bono Ontario's Child Advocacy Project. Madam Justice Elder was a member of the Ontario Review Board and on the board of directors of the Children's Centre in Thunder Bay. Chief Justice Annemarie E. Bonkalo has assigned Madam Justice Elder to preside in Thunder Bay.