It is a pleasure to welcome you to my website. It is my hope that it would serve as an informational and inspirational forum for those who are passionate about public service. It is my belief that each one of us has an ethical and moral obligation to contribute as much as we are able to create a better society and world for succeeding generations. My life has been one of trying to execute ideas and ideals that assist in fostering public service, social cohesion and goodwill among diverse communities. My journey in this regard is fueled by my personal experiences and passion to assist others.
Most know me today as a lawyer educated at Osgoode Hall Law School, Harvard University and York University, a former federal prosecutor, adjunct law professor, civic leader, social entrepreneur and volunteer/supporter of numerous organizations and social and humanitarian causes and recipient of many awards and recognition. These include both the Queen Elizabeth II Gold and Diamond Jubilee Medals and a Canada 150 Anniversary Medal for my leadership and contributions to Canada, an honourary Doctorate of Laws from the Law Society of Ontario, a Public Sector Law Gold Key Award from Osgoode Hall Law School, being recognized as an exceptional lawyer by the Law Society of Ontario Lawyers Make History project, and being nominated by the diplomatic community for the international Seoul Peace Prize.
However, not as many know that I am a former homeless person who started life in Canada as a homeless youth fleeing civic and political unrest without my family and ending up penniless on the streets of Toronto in the winter, which almost cost me my life. Three years after I arrived in Canada while still a youth, I was shortlisted and considered for the Toronto Man of the Year Award by the Toronto Star newspaper because of my work in the community.
Rescued by the Scott Mission from the cold, hunger and loneliness of street life, I used my new status as a person with a place to live and embarked on an amazing and exciting journey of public service to assist and empower others especially the most vulnerable in our society. As a founder of several not for profit organizations as well as adviser and volunteer with many others, I was able to personally assist thousands of persons including the most vulnerable and disadvantaged among us. Today, I am fortunate to be able to often provide pro bono and low cost legal services to many who cannot afford legal representation.
My extensive involvement in politics over the years has been replaced by more social entrepreneurship and community development work. For over a decade I removed myself from membership in any political party and now maintain a politically non-partisan role on issues affecting fellow Canadians.
My commitment to public service remains steadfast. My contributions include mentoring students and young professionals as I believe that we must actively cultivate and assist the next generation of young leaders. I remain engaged as an advocate for and supported of a number of social causes including addressing all form of discriminatory conduct, animal welfare and environmental issues.
Please enjoy reading through my website which includes some of the domestic and international projects I have undertaken. Indeed, my journey as a lawyer, educator and social entrepreneur and community leader continues as there is much work still left to be done.