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May 25, 2011
The province has appointed eight new justices of the peace to the Ontario Court of Justice effective May 25, 2011. They were assigned to areas by Associate Chief Justice/Coordinator of Justices of the Peace John A. Payne.Justice of the Peace Sylvie-Émanuelle Bourbonnais is bilingual and received her LL.B. from the University of Ottawa in 1995. She was an articling student and legal advisor at Potvin Law Office until 1998. From 1998 to 2002, she was a senior trademark examiner at the Canadian Intellectual Property Office in Gatineau, Québec. She has also been senior trademark counsel at Odutola Law Chambers and an intellectual property consultant at Bourbonnais LLP. She is a member of the Trademark Agent Exam Board of the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada. Justice of the Peace Bourbonnais has also been a courtroom facilitator for the Elizabeth Fry Society and a big sister for the Big Sisters Organization of Ottawa-Carleton. Justice of the Peace Bourbonnais was assigned to Timmins in the Northeast Region.
Justice of the Peace Carol Anne Chernish is bilingual and has over 20 years’ experience at the Canada Border Services Agency as a superintendent, where she supervised officers who enforced various statutes and regulations relating to Canada’s border protection. Most recently, she worked at the Canada Revenue Agency as a taxpayer services agent. She has participated in community events with the Canada Border Services Agency such as Police Week and the Race Against Drugs program. Justice of the Peace Chernish has also volunteered at the Hospice Niagara – The Stabler Centre in St. Catharines, and Meals on Wheels in Welland. Justice of the Peace Chernish was assigned to Sault Ste. Marie in the Northeast Region.
Justice of the Peace Julie Lauzon is bilingual and received her LL.B. from the University of Ottawa in 2007. She spent three years at the Tax Court of Canada, first as an articling student and then, in 2009, as acting counsel under the Chief Justice of the Tax Court of Canada where she provided legal advice in areas such as tax law and judicial matters. She has also been an air navigator for the Canadian Forces and volunteered with a distress centre in Ottawa. Justice of the Peace Lauzon was assigned to Timmins in the Northeast Region.
Justice of the Peace Karen Marie Murphy has been a special constable, court liaison officer with the Peel Regional Police since 1987 and has worked with the Halton Regional Police as a dispatcher. She has been a member of the Canadian Mental Health Association’s Peel Branch since 2002, serving in several capacities, most recently as chair. She has also served on the Mental Health Committee that provides services to the mental health court at the A. Grenville and William Davis Courthouse in Brampton. Justice of the Peace Murphy has been a member of Ontario Women in Law Enforcement and has been a longtime volunteer for Big Brothers/Big Sisters in Peel. Justice of the Peace Murphy was assigned to Brampton in the Central West Region.
Justice of the Peace Linda Elizabeth Christine Pearson has a diploma in print journalism from Algonquin College. Most recently, she has been executive assistant to the executive director of the Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health, which provides holistic, culturally relevant health services to Inuit, Metis and First Nation communities in Ottawa. She liaises with the board of directors, managers, and staff as well as with fundraisers, health organizations and government. She has been a member of the centre’s Igniting the Spirit Gala Committee to raise money for programs for Aboriginal children and youth. Justice of the Peace Pearson was assigned to Ottawa in the East Region.
Justice of the Peace Nancy Elizabeth Rogers-Bain has worked for the Bank of Montreal since 1985, most recently as a branch manager in Thorold. She served as a councillor for the City of Thorold and was deputy mayor during her second term in office. As councillor, she was a member of various boards and committees, including the Thorold Community Policing Committee and the Thorold Secondary School Council. Justice of the Peace Rogers-Bain has been a board member for Community Care – St. Catharines/Thorold and has served on the Richmond Street School Parent Council and on the Thorold Secondary School Parent Council. Justice of the Peace Rogers-Bain was assigned to St. Catharines in the Central West Region.
Justice of the Peace Lauren Mary Scully was called to the Bar in 1996 and practised as a criminal defence lawyer in North Bay. She also practised with the law firm of Lucenti, Orlando, and Ellies. Since 2001, she has been a prosecutor and assistant solicitor for the City of North Bay, prosecuting matters under the Provincial Offences Act and representing the city before administrative tribunals such as the Ontario Municipal Board and the Property Standards Appeal Committee. Justice of the Peace Scully has been a member of the Ethics Committee for the North Bay Psychiatric Hospital and a guest lecturer at several organizations, including Nipissing University, Canadore College, and the Association of Municipal Managers, Clerks and Treasurers of Ontario. She has been a member of the Prosecutors’ Association of Ontario and the Nipissing Law Association. Justice of the Peace Scully was assigned to North Bay in the Northeast Region.
Justice of the Peace Claire Thérèse Robinson Winchester is bilingual and was a teacher and vice-principal for the Upper Canada District School Board from 1976 to 2005. From 2008 to 2009, she was a researcher and writer for PrévAction, a group of community leaders and survivors of sexual abuse supported by the Cornwall Public Inquiry. Justice of the Peace Winchester has been a board director of the Children’s Aid Society of the United Counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry. She has also been a member of the Ontario Principals’ Council and TV Ontario’s Secondary School Advisory Council. Justice of the Peace Winchester was assigned to Ottawa in the East Region.
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