Suzie Bouchard, a recent graduate from the University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law, is the inaugural recipient of the Tate Herbert Memorial Post-Secondary Award. As a Project Officer sitting on the OJEN Ottawa Regional Committee, she brought forward important Francophone issues and showed great leadership in French language programming. She organized fellow law students at the University of Ottawa to run OJEN projects such as OJEN on the Air, in which high school law students research legal issues, interview legal experts, and produce radio segments on those topics. An ambitious project with many logistical and educational challenges, she met and exceed these challenges, and the work generated under her leadership will serve as a model for this project in the future.
Suzie planned and delivered the Persons Day Event with the Department of Justice in Ottawa. With minimal staff support, she executed a wonderful project in which girls from local high schools connected with female legal professionals and explored issues of diversity and the law.
She worked with OJEN’s Francophone Program Manager to design a new project about linguistic rights in Canada. This new justice education initiative represents an invaluable expansion of our current offerings to law and civics teachers, and we look forward to piloting it soon.
In all of her work, Suzie showed exemplary professionalism and skill. She is a deserving recipient for the 2015 Tate Herbert Memorial Post-Secondary Award.