Congratulations to Order of Ontario honouree Avvy Go
Thursday, January 30, 2014
Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) congratulates clinic director Avvy Go for her appointment to the province’s highest honour, the Order of Ontario, in January.
“This award confirms the important influence community legal clinics have in the development of law and policy – and by extension, in shaping our democracy,”
In addition to being clinic director of the Metro Toronto Chinese & Southeast Asian Legal Clinic since 1992, Avvy has also been involved in a number of legal and policy reforms. She played a role in Canada’s Redress for the Chinese Head Tax and Exclusion Act, which resulted in an official Canadian government apology in 2006.
“This award confirms the important influence community legal clinics have in the development of law and policy – and by extension, in shaping our democracy,” says Avvy.
A first generation Canadian of Chinese descent, Avvy feels a personal connection to her clients. It was through her volunteer work at Downtown Legal Services that she first opened her eyes to the difficulties confronted by Chinese-Canadian immigrants and refugees.
This experience cemented her decision to advocate for the disadvantaged over closing deals on Bay Street.
“This award recognizes the work that I have done with the Metro Toronto Chinese & Southeast Asian Legal Clinic, and as such, I am sharing this honour with all of the staff and volunteers,” she says. “It’s due to their hard work that we have been able to serve the marginalized members of our communities.”
Order of Ontario appointees are chosen for their contributions to the arts, law, science, medicine, history, politics and philanthropy. Avvy is one of 25 people to be recognized by Lieutenant Governor David Onley this year.
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