Justice Patricia C. Hennessy
Justice Patricia C. Hennessy was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Laws, Honoris Causa by Laurentian University in 2011 in recognition of the work she has done in the Sudbury community as well as within the legal and judicial community.
As part of her local community work, Patricia developed a Sudbury Mock Trial Competition, which has become an important component of the Grade 12 Law curriculum in local secondary schools. She continually inspires and motivates our youth to pursue careers in the law and justice sector. Her work has been recognized by the Ontario Justice Education Network with the Chief Justices Award for Enhancement of Justice Education as well by the Rainbow Board of Education with the award for Outstanding Contribution to the Co-curricular Program.
Recently, Justice Hennessy, spent time in two First Nation communities on Manitoulin Island. While there, she developed and delivered a program called Exploring Justice/Making Law for students in Wikwemikong and M’Chigeeng,. As part of the project, she connected students from Osgoode Law School to the aboriginal students of these First Nations communities. The two groups of students worked together throughout the term, ultimately meeting together on Manitoulin Island in early 2015 . The shared experiences provided both groups of students with the opportunity to grow and learn together, taking one step along the journey of reconciliation.
Throughout her career Patricia has continued to be involved with the community through many different projects and programs. The work has been recognized with numerous awards and recognitions from both her peers and the community alike. She also has a passion for rowing, paddling and the many other ways of enjoying the vast and magnificent geography of Northern Ontario. Along the way she has been an inspiring example to other young women in sports.
In all things, Patricia draws her inspiration from her ancestors and the next generation; especially her daughters and son.
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