Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond Lecture

Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond
B.C. Representative for Children and Youth
Victoria, BC

will be addressing the Vancouver Institute on October 22, 2011 at 8:15 p.m., Lecture Hall No. 2 in the Woodward Instructional Resources Centre, University of British Columbia.
Note: Photos still to come.


Who Speaks for the Child?
The Role of a Public Advocate


Ms. Turpel-Lafond is a judge on leave from the Saskatchewan Provincial Court. She worked as a criminal law judge in youth and adult courts, with an emphasis on developing partnerships to better serve the needs of young people in the justice system, particularly sexually exploited children and youth, and children and youth with disabilities, such as those who suffer from fetal alcohol spectrum disorder. She holds a doctorate of law from Harvard Law School and a master's degree in international law from Cambridge University. Time Magazine has twice bestowed honours upon Ms Turpel-Lafond, naming her one of the ‘100 Global Leaders of Tomorrow’ in 1994, and one of the ‘Top 20 Canadian Leaders for the 21st Century’ in 1999. A member of the Muskeg Lake Cree Nation, she is active in her First Nations community.