The Distinguished Paralegal Award was created in 2011 to recognize a paralegal who has demonstrated one or more of the following criteria:
- outstanding professional achievement;
- contribution to the development of the profession;
- devotion to professional duties;
- adherence to best practices and mentoring of others in best practices;
- a history of community service;
- personal character that brings credit to the paralegal profession.
Most recent recipient
Elaine Page, Thornhill, licensed by the Law Society in 2008
Elaine Page has worked for 20 years as a paralegal, representing clients in Small Claims Court, as well as Landlord and Tenant tribunal matters. Many clients include in-house counsel at several Canadian financial institutions and companies. She has also played a key role in the Superior Court of Justice Rules Sub-Committee, helping to redraft the Rules for Small Claims Court.
Throughout her career, she has devoted substantial time and energy to providing both formal and informal legal education and is a part-time faculty member of the Paralegal Program at Algonquin Career Academy. She has also been a speaker at several Law Society Continuing Professional Development programs.
The owner of Page Paralegal, she is also a co-owner of PREP Network (Paralegal Resource Education Program) — a company dedicated to guiding and mentoring students in relation to the paralegal licensing examination. Ms. Page is also a former board member of the Ontario Paralegal Network, helping to promote the paralegal profession through media and creating Continuing Professional Development sessions for licensees using experts in their fields.
Brian J. Lawrie, 2012