The Gleaner, North American July -07, 2022

THE MONTHLY GLEANER | JULY 7 - AUGUST 6, 2022 | | NEWS 2 THE LAW Society of Ontario has presented a degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa (LLD), to Jamaican-Canadian Court of Appeal Justice Michael H. Tulloch, describing him as“a true legal pioneer who has advanced justice and equality rights not only through his work as a lawyer and judge, but also through his personal journey shattering systemic barriers”. “The law society awards honorary doctorates each year to distinguished individuals in recognition of outstanding achievements in the legal profession, the rule of law, or the cause of justice,”noted the organisation’s gazette. Tulloch has a long and distinguished career as amember of the Canadian judiciary, a Crown prosecutor, a lawyer in private practice, and a renowned writer, speaker and professor. He has led systemic reviews of the justice system at various levels, provided leadership on legal and judicial committees; designed and delivered international justice sector reform programmes; and contributed to a myriad of civic, charitable and community development initiatives. Tulloch was appointed a judge of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice in 2003. At that time, he was one of only three black judges on any superior court in Canada. Upon his appointment to the Ontario Court of Appeal in 2012, Justice Tulloch was the first black Canadian to sit on any appellate court in Canada. He is a prolific writer and throughout his judicial career to date, he has written over 300 published judgments. Prior to his judicial appointment in 2003, he served as an assistant Crown attorney in Peel andToronto from 1991 to 1995, before entering private practice, where he specialised in criminal law until his appointment to the bench. Tulloch is a founding member and patron of the Second Chance Scholarship Foundation, an organisation which provides scholarships for young people who have been in conflict with the law, or who are from at-risk backgrounds and are pursuing a post-secondary education. Within the community, he is a past member of the board of directors for the North York Chamber of Commerce, the Ontario Legal Aid Area Committee, the Canadian Bar Association, the Criminal Lawyers Association, the Osgoode Society on Canadian Legal History, and the National Bar Association. He is also a past member of the board of directors of the Urban Alliance on Race Relations, Tropicana Community Services, and the Jane-Finch Community Legal Aid Clinic. He is a past president of the Canadian Association of Black Lawyers, a founding board member of the Rhema Christian Ministries, and a past president of the Caribbean and African Chamber of Commerce. Justice Tulloch is the current chair of the advisory board to the Black Business Professionals Association. Tulloch holds degrees in economics and business fromYork University and graduated from Osgoode Hall Law School at York University with a law degree in 1989. He was called to the Ontario Bar in 1991. He has also received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Ryerson University and the University of Guelph, and an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from Tyndale University and Seminary. Justice Michael Tulloch receives honorary doctorate from Ontario Law Society By Lester Hinds FOURTEEN PEOPLE will be honoured at this year’s People Profile Awards, which will be presented on July 10 in Broward County, Florida. In addition, another eight people will also be honoured for their community service as part of the activities to celebrate Jamaica’s 60th anniversary of Independence. The awards presentation will this year return to its original location at the Broward Performing Arts Amatura Theater. Proceeds from the black-tie event will be used to continue refurbishing the Whitfield Town Primary School in Kingston. Proceeds from past events have been used to build a music room at the school. Founder and president of the People Profile Awards, Dr Allan Cunningham, said that this year’s awards will be significant as it coincides with activities to celebrate Jamaica’s diamond jubilee as an independent country. “The awards are designed to recognise the contributions of people across a wide spectrum of our community who are giving of their time and efforts to improve the lives of their fellow citizens and improve communities,” he said. The top award, the Lifetime Achievement Award, will this year be presented to Beverley Evans Smith. Last year’s award was presented to athlete Veronica Campbell-Brown Beverly Evans Smith is the 20172021 national president and CEO for Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., one of the nation’s largest minority femaleowned and operated public service non-profits. In this role, she restructured the corporate board and headquarters operation, initiated the documentation of all business operations, added new revenue streams and increased membership. She also served as the organisation’s elected national first vice president, national secretary, and was previously employed as Delta Sigma Theta’s executive director, leading their headquarters business function. Smith retired from the Technical College Systemof Georgia (TCSG) as the assistant commissioner and Georgia state director for adult education and GED testing in 2018. In this role, she provided adult education training programmes for an average 69,000 Georgia citizens annually, with a staff of over 1,200 educators and support staff at 450 sites across the state. She was also responsible for the administration of all Georgia GED testing and supported local literacy action groups throughout Georgia. In addition, Smith served as 2015-17 Chair of the National Association of State Directors’ of Adult Education and has testified before the U.S. Senate HELP Committee representing the issues faced by adults with literacy challenges. As an entrepreneur, Smith is also senior vice-president of The HR Group Inc., a management consulting firm she has co-owned with her husband, Stephen, for 30 years. As a corporate manager, Smith spent 18 years in leadership positions with AT&T (Southern Bell), implementing innovative business processes during her tenure. Her skill sets include demonstrated expertise in organisational effectiveness, business operations redesign and restructure and strategic planning. During that time, she also served as a member of the 1994 AT&TMalcolmBaldrige awardwinning team in the area of human resources. Prior to her corporate work, Smith spent several years as university administrator in various capacities. She is a prolific motivational speaker in the areas of leadership and change management. Smith is currently a member of the board of directors for the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW) and the Delta Research and Education Foundation (DREF). She also serves on the Bowling Green State University (Ohio) Student Affairs Leadership Council. A long-term community volunteer, Smith served eight years as the chair of the Cobb County Board of Elections & Registration and on various community boards, including the Atlanta Area Council-Boy Scouts of America, and the Cobb County United Way and Girls, Incorporated. She has been a co-Chair for Leadership Cobb, as well as served on the board of directors for Chattahoochee Technical College and the Alumni Board of Directors for Bowling Green State University (Ohio), where she chaired its Strategic Planning Committee. She is also the recipient of numerous awards. Also being honoured are former Calabar runner Daniel England as the sports leader of the year; Hugh Ferguson, media personality of the year; Fred Christian – humanitarian of the year; Dr Debbie Goodman as educator of the year; and Khalid Mahmood as community leader of the year. Among those being honoured as part of the celebration of Jamaica’s 60th Independence anniversary are former mayor Dale Holness, Mayor Hazelle Rogers, David Muir and Carl Brown. The People Profile Awards is in its seventh year. 14 to be honoured with People Profile Awards in Florida ‘The awards are designed to recognise the contributions of people across a wide spectrum of our community who are giving of their time and efforts to improve the lives of their fellow citizens and improve communities.’ Olympian Donovan Bailey appointed to the Order of Canada Jamaican-Canadian Olympian Donovan Bailey is among 85 new appointees to the Order of Canada – one of the country’s highest honours and one of four promotions within the Order. He is included for his excellence in track and field, and for his philanthropic commitment to youth, amateur athletes and his community. The announcement was made by Mary Simon, governor general of Canada, on June 29. He will be presented with his insignia at one of the future investiture ceremonies for which the dates are yet to be determined. Bailey was born in Manchester, Jamaica, and migrated to Canada at the age of 13. He commanded the world’s attention in the 1990s when he exploded onto the track and field circuit, with Track & Field News declaring him ‘Sprinter of the Decade’ and one of the world’s all-time greatest and most dominant athletes. Among his accolades are three-time World champion, two-time Olympic champion, two-time world record holder, eight-time Canadian champion, Pan-American Games champion, Goodwill Games and Commonwealth Games champion. In 1996, he broke the indoor 50-metre world record in Reno, Nevada, posting a time of 5.56 seconds – a record held to this day. In 1996, he earned the rare triple title of World champion, Olympic champion, and world record holder. Bailey electrified Canada and the world when he shattered the World and Olympic record, winning Canada’s first-ever gold medal in the glory event of the Games. He ran a sizzling 9.84 seconds. Bailey was also awarded the Lou Marsh Trophy and named Canadian Newsmaker of the Year. In 1997, he won a third World title with the Canadian relay team and beat American sprinting champion Michael Johnson in a much-publicised 150-metre race to determine who was the ‘World’s Fastest Man’. The Order of Canada was created in 1967 by Queen Elizabeth II “to honour people whose service shapes our society, whose innovations ignite our imaginations, and whose compassion unites our communities”.