Exceptional contributions: Luke’s Place awarded by the Ontario Bar Association

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Oshawa, Ontario – The Ontario Bar Association recognizes Luke’s Place Support and Resource Centre for Women and Children with the OBA Foundation Award. The award is presented to individuals and organizations that make:

exceptional contributions to the improvement of the justice system through public legal education, innovative research, or other means.

“It is truly an honour for Luke’s Place to be selected for the OBA Foundation Award,” says Executive Director, Carol Barkwell.

The contributions we have been able to make are grounded in the experiences and input from the women we serve in Durham Region and the service providers we support across Ontario.

Luke’s Place is a centre for change devoted solely to improving the safety and experience of abused women and their children as they proceed through the family law process. We provide direct services to women in Durham and lead systemic work across Ontario.

Luke’s Place runs pro bono legal clinics in Oshawa and Ajax, and a Virtual Legal Clinic that serves women in rural and remote communities who are fleeing abuse and need family law advice. Our legal support workers assist women with safety planning and legal information throughout their court case; this service model inspired Ontario’s Family Court Support Workers Program.

We conduct research on issues related to violence against women and family law, including family violence screening tools for family law professionals, and we offer an accredited e-learning for family law lawyers. Our websites offer important information for women and for their advocates.

Earlier this month, our Legal Director, Pamela Cross, was announced as the 2019 Laura Legge Award recipient by the Law Society of Ontario.

The OBA Foundation Award will be presented to Luke’s Place at the Ontario Bar Association Awards Gala on April 17, 2019, at the King Edward Hotel in Toronto. To purchase tickets for the Gala, visit the OBA Gala announcement page.

For more information about Luke’s Place:
Carol Barkwell, Executive Director