At our 8th Annual Conference on October 21, 2016, AFCC-O presented special awards in memory of two colleagues:
The Honourable Justice Geraldine Waldman for Excellence in the Intersection of Family Law and Criminal Law Relating to Domestic Violence
The Honourable Justice Geraldine Waldman was an innovator and an outstanding voice for families and children, particularly victims of domestic violence. Justice Waldman was appointed to the Ontario Court of Justice in 1992. She pioneered the creation of the first Canadian court dedicated to hearing domestic violence cases that included both family law and criminal law issues.
Dr. Peter Jaffe was the recipient of this award in recognition of his outstanding dedication to serving families and children affected by domestic violence, and his commitment to educating and mentoring others working in this area.
Dr. Peter Jaffe is a psychologist and Professor in the Faculty of Education at Western University and the Academic Director of the Centre for Research and Education on Violence Against Women & Children. He is also the Director Emeritus for the Centre for Children and Families in the Justice System, which is a children’s mental health centre specializing in issues that bring children and families into the justice system in London, Ontario. He has co-authored ten books, 24 chapters and over 75 articles related to violence and abuse involving children, adults, families and the justice system. Many of his publications and professional presentations deal with domestic violence, the impact of domestic violence on children, and child custody and access disputes. He has presented workshops across the United States and Canada, as well as Australia, New Zealand, Costa Rica and Europe to various groups including judges, lawyers, health, mental health professionals and educators. Since 1999, he has been on faculty for the National Council of Juvenile & Family Court Judges in the US for judicial education programs entitled “Enhancing Judicial Skills in Domestic Violence Cases”. He was a founding member of Ontario’s Chief Coroner’s Domestic Violence Death Review Committee. In 2009, he was named an Officer in the Order of Canada by the Governor General for his work preventing domestic violence in the community.
A donation has been made in Dr. Jaffe’s name to the Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic.
The Lorraine Martin Award for Excellence in Dispute Resolution
Lorraine Martin was a pioneer of family mediation and is remembered for her varied contributions to the field of dispute resolution. Lorraine was the Director of the Custody/Access Clinical Program at the Office of the Children’s Lawyer for 17 years.
Ms. Antoinette Clarke was the recipient of this award in recognition of her outstanding contributions to facilitating the resolution of family disputes in a family, child focused and culturally sensitive manner.
Ms. Clarke is a Certified Comprehensive Family Mediator and has provided mediation and related services for over 20 years. Ms. Clarke has provided a variety of internships through community mediation programs and court based services and has served as a coach for a number of mediators. She provides course instruction in family mediation, cultural diversity and custody and access. She is a co-facilitator for a course assessing for power imbalance and domestic violence in mediation and arbitration. Ms. Clarke is a PhD candidate with Osgoode Hall Law School, York University. Her thesis is called, “An Examination and Understanding of the Significance of Cultural Differences in a Court Based Family Mediation Service within Family Law in Ontario”. She is an adjunct professor with the School of Social Work, York University. She is currently the Executive Director of the Peel Family Mediation Services, and has been a clinical agent with the Office of the Children’s Lawyer for 20 years.
A donation has been made in Ms. Clarke’s name to the Lorraine Martin Scholarship at the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work.