The Distinguished Service Awards are presented annually to our Edmonton Community Legal Centre volunteers and supporters who have contributed significantly to our organization and to client services.
Joanne Pawluk has been a “community” member on the ECLC board for the past 10 years, ensuring that the board has a broad perspective encompassing legal and community stakeholders. In addition to being the board’s Vice Chair since May 2013, Joanne has been a member of the board’s Advocacy Committee since its inception and committee chair for the past five years, overseeing the committee’s work in influencing change to public policy, regulation, and legislation to benefit ECLC clients. The Board and the ECLC has benefited from Joanne’s commitment to the ECLC and her many years of policy and program experience with federal and provincial government departments and post-secondary institutions. Thank you Joanne for your guidance and dedication over the past ten years. You will be missed!
Dawson Duckett Garcia & Johnson, Barristers has been involved with the ECLC for a relatively short time—since the summer of 2016—but since then they have volunteered to serve over 1600 people. The service has been a new addition to the ECLC—providing picture IDs to inmates of the Edmonton Remand Centre at monthly “ID Clinics”. One DDGJ volunteer lawyer and one volunteer law student see an average of 100 people at each three-hour clinic, confirming identity and completing a statutory declaration, with Remand Centre staff attending to administrative details resulting in a laminated photo ID for each person. Upon release from the Remand, this ID is helpful in setting up a bank account, renting an apartment, and facilitating application for government-issued photo ID. Thanks to the lawyers and staff at DDGJ for their work in this very important service.
Five Years of Service
Erin Burton, Mark Demas, Patricia Gay, Angela Kos, Anna Lund, Margaret McCabe, Katia Michel, Yasmeen Nizam, Yolanda Van Wachem, Idowu Ohioze, Anthony Purgas, Stella Varvis, Ian Wiebe
Ten Years of Service
Yoko Azumaya, Carl Argo, Marie Gordon, Dale Knisely, Lynn Parish, Joanne Pawluk, Jim Neilson
Fifteen Years of Service
Christine Pratt Michael Pucylo