A Dedicated Volunteer: Amanda Ross receives 2019 J. Shirley Denison Award

Posted: 05/17/2019

Amanda RossCalled to the Bar in 1996, Amanda Ross is recognized for her long-standing commitment to Toronto’s most vulnerable through her volunteer efforts with the Toronto Lawyers Feed the Hungry Program.

Having volunteered for the Lawyers Feed the Hungry Program for more than 18 years, she spearheaded a fundraising model to keep it solvent through corporate sponsorship opportunities. She is the volunteer and sponsorship coordinator of the weekly Tuesday and Wednesday evening meals, all while working as legal counsel for the City of Toronto.

The Lawyers Feed the Hungry Program has benefited from Amanda’s enthusiastic promotion of the program, and many volunteers and guests have experienced her gratitude and warm welcome at the start of every meal.

She is an inspiration to many lawyers and has made significant contributions towards poverty issues.

Amanda is this year’s recipient of the J. Shirley Denison Award which recognizes significant contributions to access to justice and/or poverty issues.

What does this award mean to you?

This award is a meaningful recognition of my volunteer work with the Lawyers Feed the Hungry.

What drives you (or has driven you) in your legal career?

In my legal career, I am driven by public service and always learning and being challenged by interesting cases.

What piece of advice do you have for new legal professionals beginning their career?

I encourage new legal professionals to engage with community service and pro bono projects.

Lawyers Feed the Hungry programs fight hunger year-round in Toronto, Barrie, Hamilton, Peel, London, Ottawa, and Windsor. Through the generosity of donors and the tireless support of volunteers, Lawyers Feed the Hungry provides meals to the hungry and financial support to charitable agencies that help with hunger relief.

In April 2015, Convocation approved the establishment of the J. Shirley Denison Award in honour of former Treasurer John Shirley Denison and his commitment to helping others. It is bestowed annually in recognition of significant contributions to access to justice and/or poverty issues. 

This year, 12 outstanding members of the legal professions will be honoured with Law Society awards on May 22nd.