By RON FANFAIR
Entrepreneur Delores Lawrence has been appointed to the Ontario Judicial Council (OJC) which investigates complaints made by the public against provincially-appointed judges and Justices of the Peace.
The council also approves the education plan for provincial judges annually and has approved criteria for continuation in office and standards of conduct developed by Chief Justice Warren Winkler who is the chair.
Though the council is not directly involved in the appointment of provincial judges to the bench, an OJC member serves on the provincial Judicial Appointments Advisory Committee as its representative.
“This is quite a powerful and significant decision-making body that impacts a very wide community,” said Lawrence who owns Nursing Healthcare Inc. which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. “I think it’s important that I practice what I preach because I have been advocating for years for Blacks to seek public service appointments.
“I see myself as being a model for people to step up to the plate and make a difference. The doors are not closed as some people may want to believe.”
This is Lawrence’s first provincial board appointment outside the college system where she served as a member of Seneca College’s board of governors.
A University of Toronto nursing graduate and the holder of an MBA from the University of New Hampshire, Lawrence’s company – which provides health care to nearly 50 institutions in the Greater Toronto Area – employs nearly 1,400 and has a revenue stream of close to $8.5 million.
Lawrence has made Profit Magazine Canada’s Top 100 Entrepreneur list for the past seven years.