Community Advocacy & Legal Centre celebrates 35 years of service

Monday, November 9, 2015

Legal Aid Ontario congratulates the Community Advocacy & Legal Centre (CALC) for their 35-year legacy of serving low-income clients and forging strong community partnerships. To celebrate this milestone, they are focusing on the future by launching a new strategic plan and hosting a public forum.

“Our speaker, Osgoode professor Mary Jane Mossman, will bring us full circle,” says CALC’s Executive Director Michele Leering, “as Mossman, in her previous capacity as funding manager at Ontario Legal Aid Plan, is in fact the very person who approved the inception funding for CALC 35 years ago.”

The forum, entitled “Journeying Towards Justice: Future Directions for CALC 2016 – 2020” will be held on Tuesday, November 10 at 4:00 p.m., followed by the clinic’s annual general meeting.

“The actual anniversary is on December 1,” says Leering, “but because our focus is on looking to the future rather than to the past and because we want to concentrate on how we will transform our services to meet clients’ legal needs in new ways, Professor Mossman will be discussing the challenges and opportunities of our intention to offer more holistic approaches to providing services.”

Established as Hastings and Prince Edward Legal Services in October 1980, the clinic served the community with a staff of four from a tiny storefront office in Belleville. Today, CALC offers seven locations in communities across Hastings and Prince Edward County and the southern half of Lennox & Addington County. Clinic staff members travel to the satellite offices to serve low-income clients in their communities.

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Nancy Beal
Communications Advisor
Legal Aid Ontario
Telephone: (416) 979-2352 ext. 5456