The Distinguished Paralegal Award was created in 2011 and renamed in 2014 in honour of William J. Simpson, 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
Paula Stamp, Toronto, licensed by the Law Society in 2008
Paula Stamp is the founder and director of operations of Accident Resolution Group Stamp & Associates PC (ARG) and has more than 18 years of insurance experience in the legal community. In addition, she is the marketing director for Patey Law Group (PLG). Both firms combined have over 40 employees and serve clients from five Ontario locations.
She is an active member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, Paralegal Society of Ontario, Licensed Paralegal Association, The Law Office Managers Association and Ontario Trial Lawyers Association.
A graduate of Centennial College, she is a member of the advisory committee to the law clerk/paralegal program at the college. She also appears regularly as a panel member for the Law Society and Centennial College.
Ms. Stamp is past recipient of the Crystal Award for Inspirational Woman, which honours women who have made outstanding achievements in specific fields while contributing to their community, business, friends and/or family. She is also a past recipient of the Centennial College Alumnus of Distinction Award and was a nominee for the college's Premier's Award for achievement in business.
As a passionate fundraiser for Autism Speaks Canada, she founded Team CJ in 2008 and participates annually in the Walk for Autism. She is also the founder of "Under The Big Top for Autism" Annual Gala. Team CJ has won numerous awards as Canada's top fundraising Team and has raised over $300,000 for the Autism community.
Ms. Stamp is also the founder and donor of several scholarships and initiatives that benefit the legal community, college graduates and Aboriginal youth and women.
Elaine Page, 2013
Brian J. Lawrie, 2012