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New Justices of the Peace Appointed to the Ontario Court Of Justice

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New Justices of the Peace Appointed to the Ontario Court Of Justice

Ministry of the Attorney General

Ontario has appointed 17 new justices of the peace to the Ontario Court of Justice, effective May 2, 2018.

Justice of the Peace Sapna Butany-Goyal has a master of laws degree from Osgoode Hall Law School and has been working as an Assistant Crown Attorney in Halton Region since 2017. Prior to this, she was a senior staff lawyer at Legal Aid Ontario. Justice of the Peace Butany-Goyal previously served as the vice-chair for the Halton Human Services Justice Coordinating Committee and is currently vice president of the board of directors of the Mississauga Children's Choir.

Associate Chief Justice-Coordinator of Justices of the Peace Faith M. Finnestad has assigned Justice of the Peace Butany-Goyal to Brampton.

Justice of the Peace Kyle William Cachagee has held leadership positions with Ontario's Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry for over 25 years. Most recently, he worked as a staff sergeant with the ministry's enforcement branch, regularly meeting with First Nations to develop a restorative justice framework. Justice of the Peace Cachagee has volunteered provincewide as a peer supporter at the ministry, assisting staff and families in crisis. He also took part in Family and Children Services' Special Friend Program, where he mentored a First Nations student.

Associate Chief Justice-Coordinator of Justices of the Peace Faith M. Finnestad has assigned Justice of the Peace Cachagee to Sault Ste. Marie.

Justice of the Peace Tanya Simone Chin has worked at the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services since 2013. Most recently she served as an executive assistant in the private security and investigative services branch where she provided support and recommendations to the director/registrar on operational, administrative, and financial matters. Prior to 2013, she was a paralegal in a criminal law office for 10 years. Justice of the Peace Chin sat on the board of directors for St. Stephen's Community House and previously served two years on the board of directors for the Jamaican Canadian Association.

Associate Chief Justice-Coordinator of Justices of the Peace Faith M. Finnestad has assigned Justice of the Peace Chin to Toronto.

Justice of the Peace Stéphanie Goffin-Boyd has been a lawyer since 2006 and opened her own firm, Addison Goffin-Boyd Law in 2014. In private practice, she primarily focused on family and child protection law. She's acted as a personal rights panel member at the Office of the Children's Lawyer, and provided duty counsel and acted as a legal panel member in the areas of family law and child protection at Legal Aid Ontario. Justice of the Peace Goffin-Boyd has been a panel speaker for professional development program Child Protection Hustle IV, participating in discussions on the ethical and legal issues of children testifying and attending court. She has also served as the Chair of the Governance Committee and as a member for the YMCA of Brockville and Area board of directors.

Associate Chief Justice-Coordinator of Justices of the Peace Faith M. Finnestad has assigned Justice of the Peace Goffin-Boyd to Ottawa.

Justice of the Peace Kevin James Alexander Hunter has worked as a criminal defense lawyer both in a large firm and as a sole practitioner for the past eight years. Prior to that, he was a police officer with the York Regional Police Service for 11 years. He has volunteered as a community youth mentor and as a youth soccer coach for the Richmond Hill Soccer Club.

Associate Chief Justice-Coordinator of Justices of the Peace Faith M. Finnestad has assigned Justice of the Peace Hunter to Oshawa.

Justice of the Peace Kathryn Elizabeth Kellough has been a staff criminal lawyer at the Legal Services Board of Nunavut since 2011. In this role, she travelled to remote communities throughout the territory to assist and represent Inuit clients. Previously, she worked as an associate criminal lawyer at Hicks Adams, LLP. Recently, she served as president of the Nunavut branch of the Canadian Bar Association (CBA), and regularly volunteered at the Qayuqtuvik Society Iqaluit Soup Kitchen. She was also the CBA representative on the Judicial Advisory Committee in Nunuvut.

Associate Chief Justice-Coordinator of Justices of the Peace Faith M. Finnestad has assigned Justice of the Peace Kellough to Toronto. 

Justice of the Peace Brian Wilfrid Snyder has been working at the Cornwall Community Police Service for 39 years, most recently serving as staff sergeant. He has been a volunteer with Special Olympics Ontario since 1987, chairing the 1996 Provincial Spring Games in Cornwall. Justice of the Peace Snyder also volunteered at The Children's Treatment Centre for over 20 years, organizing events to raise funds and awareness for the centre. He served as the chair of the Cornwall Stormont Dundas Glengarry Situation Table Advisory Committee, board member of the Triple P (Positive Parenting Program) Steering Committee and a representative for multiple advisory committees. He received the Police Exemplary Service Award in 1999 and again in 2009 and the Order of Merit for police in 2013 from the Governor General of Canada.

Associate Chief Justice-Coordinator of Justices of the Peace Faith M. Finnestad has assigned Justice of the Peace Snyder to Cornwall.

Justice of the Peace Kenneth Bhattacharjee has been the vice-chair of the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario since 2008, where he worked to resolve discrimination in employment, housing, and services. Prior to that, he was an investigation officer with the Ontario Human Rights Commission. Justice of the Peace Bhattacharjee was on the board of directors for the South Asian Legal Clinic of Ontario and the Asian Heritage Month Group and coached youth at the Soccer Club of Toronto.

Associate Chief Justice-Coordinator of Justices of the Peace Faith M. Finnestad has assigned Justice of the Peace Bhattacharjee to Toronto.

Justice of the Peace Moira Jean Callahan was senior counsel for IBM Canada Limited for over 10 years. In this role, she led a team of lawyers and professionals across the global IBM legal community on best practices and supports for Canadian and global business development. Previously, Justice of the Peace Callahan worked as an associate lawyer at Gowling Lafleur Henderson, LLP. She is also director of Doane uSchool, a registered charity offering music education and the treasurer of the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul, Holy Name Conference.

Associate Chief Justice-Coordinator of Justices of the Peace Faith M. Finnestad has assigned Justice of the Peace Callahan to Toronto.

Justice of the Peace Milena Commisso has worked for the City of Mississauga for over 15 years; first as a litigation law clerk, then as a prosecutor. In her most recent role, she provided prosecution-related advice, education and training to internal and external enforcement agencies. Justice of the Peace Commisso was on the board of directors for the Prosecutors' Association of Ontario, serving as co-chair of the Education Committee. She also donated her time as a peer support volunteer at Wellspring Cancer Support Centre, and was previously a charity spokesperson for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.

Associate Chief Justice-Coordinator of Justices of the Peace Faith M. Finnestad has assigned Justice of the Peace Commisso to Brampton.

Justice of the Peace Jennifer Annette Forde holds both a law clerk certificate from the Institute of Law Clerks of Ontario and a post-graduate diploma in regulatory law administration from Seneca College. She also completed an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree at York University. She has been involved with the Law Society of Upper Canada for 20 years, most recently working as a discipline paralegal. In this role, she prosecuted conduct, capacity and licensing hearings and provided early legal and strategic advice to investigators. She previously volunteered as a trainer to Legal Aid Ontario where she presented interactive sessions and conducted workshops on advocacy.

Associate Chief Justice-Coordinator of Justices of the Peace Faith M. Finnestad has assigned Justice of the Peace Forde to Peterborough. 

Justice of the Peace Christine Leclair holds a masters in environmental studies from the University of Waterloo. She's worked as a sub-region director for the North East Local Health Integration Network for almost five years. This work required a high level of French language proficiency and Indigenous cultural competency. Prior to that, she established Leclair Planning Consultancy that specialized in strategic and systems planning, issue resolution, policy and advocacy. Justice of the Peace Leclair previously sat on the board of directors for Timmins Chamber of Commerce, Timmins Minor Hockey Association and Timmins and District Child and Family Services.

Associate Chief Justice-Coordinator of Justices of the Peace Faith M. Finnestad has assigned Justice of the Peace Leclair to Timmins. 

Justice of the Peace Frank Leddy has been a senior education specialist at the Ministry of Education since 2013. Prior to that, he served as the superintendent of education for the St. Clair Catholic District School Board and as a secondary school principal. Justice of the Peace Leddy volunteered at the Chatham Outreach for Hunger, and was also a volunteer board member at My Class Needs, working to improve fundraising and outreach to schools that have significant needs not being met by regular funding sources.

Associate Chief Justice-Coordinator of Justices of the Peace Faith M. Finnestad has assigned Justice of the Peace Leddy to London. 

Justice of the Peace Carolyn Anne Noordegraaf has worked as a federal Crown agent at the Public Prosecution Service of Canada for the past seven years. She has appeared before the Ontario Court of Justice and the Superior Court of Justice, prosecuting matters under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act andthe Income Tax Act. Previously, she served as a duty counsel panel member for Legal Aid Ontario, representing clients in family law and criminal matters. Justice of the Peace Noordegraaf has volunteered with Barrie Lawyers Feed the Hungry and was also a Law Library Committee member.

Associate Chief Justice-Coordinator of Justices of the Peace Faith M. Finnestad has assigned Justice of the Peace to Noordegraaf Barrie.

Justice of the Peace Roger Domingos Pereira Rodrigues has been a board member at the Landlord and Tenant Board since 2015, working at one of the busiest tribunals in Canada that receives 80,000 applications per year. Prior to this, he spent over 20 years working as sole practitioner with a particular focus on criminal, refugee and immigration cases. Justice of the Peace Rodrigues participated on the Catholic Agencies Committee and was a board member of the Loyola Arrupe Centre for Seniors. He also volunteered with the Ontario Bar Association Speakers Bureau which helps connect members of the community with volunteer legal experts.

Associate Chief Justice-Coordinator of Justices of the Peace Faith M. Finnestad has assigned Justice of the Peace Rodrigues to Toronto.

Justice of the Peace John Jeremy MacNair Scarfe has worked as a criminal defence lawyer for 23 years. He has served as both Chair and Director of the Camphill Foundation Canada, an organization dedicated to creating residential, vocational and learning opportunities for people with intellectual disabilities. Previously, he was also a member of the Metropolitan Community Church's Peace and Justice Strategy Team, which advocates on a variety of issues relevant to the LGBTQI2S community.

Associate Chief Justice-Coordinator of Justices of the Peace Faith M. Finnestad has assigned Justice of the Peace Scarfe to Toronto.

Justice of the Peace Shiree Scribner has worked as a probation/parole officer at the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services for over 30 years. In this role she helped offenders make positive changes by guiding them through meaningful interventions and cognitive-behavioural counselling. Additionally, she liaised with police, courts and community agencies. Justice of the Peace Scribner was also part of the Dryden Area Risk Response Team and the Dryden Area Violence Prevention Committee which promotes safety and raises awareness through a coordinated community response to violence.

Associate Chief Justice-Coordinator of Justices of the Peace Faith M. Finnestad has assigned Justice of the Peace Scribner to Dryden.

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