Sidney B. Linden Award

Ryan Peck, head of HALCO, wins 2016 Sidney B. Linden Award

Ryan Peck has been executive director of the HIV & AIDS Legal Clinic Ontario (HALCO) since 2007.

Mr. Peck has fought for low-income people who require help and guidance in the justice system since he graduated from the University of Toronto in 2000. He articled at HALCO, and after he was called to the bar in 2002, he worked in legal aid clinics and as a duty counsel until his appointment as HALCOs executive director.

He is a member of the Ontario Advisory Committee on HIV/AIDS, which provides social and health policy advice on HIV-related issues to the Ontario Minister of Health and Long-Term Care. He has served as the co-chair for the Ontario Working Group on Criminal Law and HIV Exposure since 2008, and joined the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Networks Board of Directors in 2008.

Updated Jan. 10, 2017

The award

Sidney B. Linden Award statue

Legal Aid Ontario created the Sidney B. Linden Award to honour exceptional individuals who have demonstrated a commitment to helping low-income people, and have given their time and expertise towards ensuring access to justice in Ontario.

The award is named in honour of Justice Sidney B. Linden, Legal Aid Ontario's first chair of the board of directors. Justice Linden has been involved with legal aid for over 35 years, and his distinguished professional career has been characterized by a genuine commitment to issues concerning access to justice.

Since its inception, the Sidney B. Linden Award has been presented to eight deserving recipients: William A. (Bill) Sullivan, Fergus J. (Chip) O'Connor, Peter G. Kirby, Michael Bossin, Barbara Jackman, J. Robert Kellermann, Paul Copeland and the late Dianne Martin.

The award statue

Toronto sculptor Siggy Puchta designed the Sidney B. Linden Award. The statue depicts the concept of access to justice through the upward and open gesture of 'the lady of justice' holding the scales of justice while at the same time welcoming those in need of legal aid services. Siggy's design also captures the spirit of LAO's logo.

Past Sidney B. Linden Award recipients