Thunder Bay’s Sarah E. Colquhoun recognized for commitment to access to justice

Posted: 05/25/2017

Sarah ColquhounSarah Colquhoun is a recognized leader in Ontario’s Northwest, with a deep commitment to access to justice.

The Law Society awarded her the Law Society Medal at its annual awards ceremony on May 24th.

“One of the great privileges of my life has been to be paid to do the work that in many countries would result in imprisonment or worse,” she told the audience at the ceremony. “I thank the Law Society for this recognition of the important work that legal clinics do.”

Called to the Bar in 1984, Sarah Colquhoun is the Coordinator of Legal Services for the Kinna-aweya Legal Clinic in Thunder Bay, where she has worked for 30 years.

Her career has been devoted to increasing social justice for low income people and First Nations Communities. She has helped thousands of clients obtain critical basic social assistance benefits, income, and housing.

She has also advocated for law reform, making frequent submissions to government agencies to support legislative and policy changes that will assist those who are most vulnerable.

The Law Society Medal is awarded to Ontario lawyers for outstanding service within the profession, whether in the area of practice, in the academic sphere, or in some other professional capacity where the service is in accordance with the highest ideals of the legal profession.

Eleven exceptional members of the legal professions were honoured by the Law Society on May 24th.