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Six New Justices Of The Peace And Two Regional Senior Justices Of The Peace Appointed To Ontario Court Of Justice

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Six New Justices Of The Peace And Two Regional Senior Justices Of The Peace Appointed To Ontario Court Of Justice

Ministry of the Attorney General

The Province has appointed six new justices of the peace to the Ontario Court of Justice, effective July 29, 2011. They were assigned to their regions by Associate Chief Justice/Coordinator of Justices of the Peace John A. Payne.

Justice of the Peace Carol Ann May Allison received her law degree from Osgoode Hall Law School in 1996 and has been a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada since 1998. With more than 12 years' experience in the legal profession, she spent nine years as a sole practitioner and the past four years with Legal Aid Ontario as criminal duty counsel. She has volunteered her time with a number of community groups, including the Scarborough Parents Information Network. She has also put her extensive knowledge of law to work as a volunteer at Free Food For All Street Kids, and a local women's shelter, providing free legal advice to clients. She also assisted African court workers at Scarborough Court. Justice of the Peace Allison was assigned to the Toronto Region.

Justice of the Peace D. Wayne Buchanan began his career in the justice field as a police constable before spending 15 years as a senior supervisor with the Community Guardian Company which provides security services. He received his law degree in 1993 from Osgoode Hall Law School. Since being called to the bar in 1995, he has worked as a legal professional in a number of capacities, including practising criminal, real estate, mental health and employment law as a sole practitioner. For the past nine years, he has been supervisor, criminal duty counsel with Legal Aid Ontario in Newmarket. He has volunteered with a number of community organizations, including Rexdale Community Legal Clinic and the Mississauga-Etobicoke Civitan Club. Justice of the Peace Buchanan was assigned to the Toronto Region.

Justice of the Peace Mohammed Brihmi is bilingual and has more than 25 years of public service experience, working with francophone communities both internationally and across Ontario. He has worked and taught in the fields of social sciences, human resources development, project management and strategic planning, specializing in issues affecting francophone as well as immigrant and refugee communities. He has served on several boards and committees, such as the Board of Directors of the Toronto Foundation for Student Success and, most recently, as an adjudicator for the Investigation, Complaints and Reports Committee of the Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario. In addition to his work with French-speaking communities, he has also been a volunteer with organizations serving refugees and other newcomers in the Moroccan, Muslim-Arab and other ethnic communities. Justice of the Peace Brihmi was assigned to the Toronto Region.

Justice of the Peace Leslie Ann Kirke has an extensive background in mediation and conflict resolution. Most recently, she served as a board member and adjudicator for the Health Professions Appeal and Review Board of Ontario, and the Health Services Appeal and Review Board of Ontario. She has also been an instructor at the University of Toronto's School of Continuing Studies. Justice of the Peace Kirke has been involved as a volunteer with many social services organizations in her community such as Bloor Street United Church's Out of the Cold Program, Roots of Empathy, and Canada Crossroads International. She has also served as a volunteer board member for Conflict Mediation Services of Downsview and Kawartha World Issues Centre in Peterborough. Justice of the Peace Kirke was assigned to the Toronto Region.

Justice of the Peace Rhonda Roffey earned her bachelor of arts degree from the University of Toronto in 1989 and more recently held the position of executive director of Women's Habitat. Previously she worked in various capacities with the Ontario Aboriginal Health Advocacy Initiative, the Barrie and District Rape Crisis Centre, the AIDS Committee of Simcoe County, and Canada World Youth. She has also spent time volunteering for a number of Toronto-based organizations, including Toronto Women's City Alliance, Social Planning Toronto, Toronto Board of Health, and Native Child and Family Services. Justice of the Peace Roffey was assigned to the Toronto Region.

Justice of the Peace Cristina M. Almeida Santos has more than 25 years of experience managing the delivery of victim and social services in the Toronto area. Most recently, she served as executive director at the Abrigo Centre, where she played a key role in the development of the centre's Partner Assault Response Program. Prior to joining the Abrigo Centre in 1990, she held positions at the Catholic Children's Aid Society of Metropolitan Toronto, Toronto Western Hospital, and the Mississauga YMCA. An active volunteer in her community, she has put her skills and knowledge to work for many social services organizations such as Working Women Community Centre and Peel Juvenile Justice Volunteer Program, and has served on parent councils at a number of Mississauga area schools. Justice of the Peace Santos was assigned to the Central West Region.

Regional Senior Justices of the Peace Appointed

The Province has also appointed two new regional senior justices of the peace to the Ontario Court of Justice.

Justice of the Peace Linda Kay has been appointed regional senior justice of the peace for the Central East Region, effective October 22, 2011. Her Worship was originally appointed as a justice of the peace in 1986. She replaces Regional Senior Justice of the Peace Jack Wiley.

Justice of the Peace Bridget Irene Forster has been appointed regional senior justice of the peace for the West Region, effective July 19, 2011. Her Worship was originally appointed as a justice of the peace in 1995. She replaces Regional Senior Justice of the Peace Stewart Allen Taylor.

A regional senior justice of the peace advises and assists the associate chief justice/coordinator of justices of the peace and the regional senior judge in all matters pertaining to justices of the peace.

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