Tate Herbert Memorial Post-Secondary Award
This annual award is named after an exceptional young man who lost his life to cancer in 2013 at the age of 20. Tate was studying Law and Society at Wilfrid Laurier University. His passion for justice brought him to a co-op placement at the Barrie office of Legal Aid Ontario. Tate loved both law and education, and OJEN is honoured to administer an award commemorating his life.
Every year OJEN works with hundreds of post-secondary students who assist in delivering justice education projects across the province. The Tate Herbert Memorial Post-Secondary Award recognizes a post-secondary student volunteer who has exceeded expectations and made a significant contribution to OJEN’s justice education initiatives.
Past recipients are acknowledged on a permanent plaque that hangs in the Barrie Courthouse.
If you have worked with an OJEN student volunteer whom you wish to nominate, send their name and brief description of their activities to firstname.lastname@example.org. An OJEN staff member will follow up. Nominations are received year-round, but must be received before the end of April to be considered for that year.
Rebecca first joined OJEN to complete her BSW practicum placement from September 2016 to April 2017. During her time at OJEN, she went above and beyond her placement requirements. At the end of her placement, Rebecca took the lead and planned, coordinated, and facilitated two successful mock trial programs on her own, using the skills learned during her time at OJEN. Thanks to her contribution, OJEN was recognized by the City of Toronto’s Parks, Forestry and Recreation with an award in Community Education.
Halime Celik assisted with the formation and implementation of a new OJEN Outreach Program – The Legal Leaders Program for Newcomer Youth, designed for newcomer or first generation Canadian youth.
A graduate of the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law, Michele supported OJEN programming for 2 years in both Ottawa and Toronto. During her four-month placement in the summer of 2015, Michele demonstrated outstanding initiative and capability, making significant contributions to several major OJEN initiatives.
Over the 2015-2016 school year, Sam made a remarkable contribution to the Flip Your Wig for Justice fundraising and awareness raising campaign. One aspect of the campaign involved producing a magazine that profiled “access to justice champions” from across Ontario. Sam took on the job of co-ordinating all the film and video shoots.
Suzie Bouchard has been awarded the inaugural Tate Herbert Memorial Post-Secondary Award. For two years, as a student at the University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law, she made valuable contributions to OJEN’s justice education initiatives.