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Graeme Burk is a Communications Advisor at Legal Aid Ontario. He has worked in communications in the non-profit sector for 15 years. He has written several books about television and has worked as a freelancer writing magazine and website articles and blogs, screenplays, documentaries and more. He currently hosts two podcasts, one about the TV series Doctor Who and the other about the Beatles. He lives in Ottawa and Toronto.
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Senior Corporate Writer at Legal Aid Ontario. Also a licensed yoga instructor. Passionate about social justice issues, junk TV, films, great fiction and travel. Seasoned corporate communications consultant for government and the private sector and long time magazine journalist. Member of the International Association of Business Communicators Toronto Chapter.
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Ryan Fritsch was policy counsel at Legal Aid Ontario leading the development of the Mental Health Strategy. He previously served as legal counsel to the Psychiatric Patient Advocate Office and continues to support numerous community initiatives, including as co-chair of the Mental Health Police Record Check Coalition.
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Fallon Melander is Ojibway from Wikwemikong First Nation and is leading LAO’s Aboriginal Justice Strategy. Before joining LAO, Fallon worked at the University of Ottawa's Community Legal Clinic and articled at Aboriginal Legal Services of Toronto. Fallon is committed to providing access to justice for Aboriginal people and communities and is an active member of the Indigenous Bar Association and the Canadian Lawyers Abroad Dare to Dream program.
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Freelance writer, part-time LAO Communications Advisor, full-time grad student (critical information studies). Interested in digital activism and community informatics. Opinionated in a good way.
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Bilingual digital communications specialist at LAO, Colleen has previously worked for CBC/Radio-Canada and the Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies. Colleen grew up in Vancouver, spent three charmed years in Montreal, and is now glad to call Toronto home.
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Brenna joined LAO in July, 2012 and is the organization's Stakeholder Relations Coordinator. She completed her Bachelor of Public Relations from Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Brenna has a PR background that includes internal communications, social media, and stakeholder relations. She loves to cook (and apologizes if you’ve ever been on the receiving end of a new recipe), and has a passion for travelling, skiing, and strong coffee. Follow her on Twitter at @LAO_BHurley.
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Communications Advisor at Legal Aid Ontario. Interested in social media, social justice issues and international affairs. Worked previously in Communications at University of Toronto, Ministry of Health and Irish Human Rights Commission in Dublin. Member of the International Association of Business Communicators Toronto Chapter. Avid photographer, traveller, and blogger. Follow her on Twitter at @LAO_EBaillie.
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