Avvy Go

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Avvy Go

Avvy Go is the Clinic Director of Metro Toronto Chinese & Southeast Asian Legal Clinic. Since her call to the Bar in 1991, she has worked exclusively in the legal clinic system, serving the legal needs of low income individuals and families, the majority of who are non-English speaking immigrants and refugees.

She received her B.A. in economics and management studies from the University of Waterloo, LL.B. from the University of Toronto, and LL.M. from Osgoode Hall Law School.

Avvy was the Recipient of 2002 President's Award of the Women's Law Association of Ontario. Between 2001 and 2003, she was a bencher of the Law Society of Upper Canada. Re-elected in November, 2006, she is currently a bencher, the Vice-Chair of the Access to Justice Committee and a member of the Equity and Aboriginal Issues Committee of the Law Society. Since 2005, she has been a part time adjudicator of the Health Professions Appeal and Review Board. Over the years she has lectured on immigration, human rights, and employment law. She has also published articles dealing with redress and reparations, constitutional litigation, and other legal and policy issues affecting immigrants and racialized communities.

Apart from her legal practice, Avvy spends much time doing community organizing and advocacy work. She has served as Vice-Chair of the Court Challenges Program of Canada, President of the Chinese Canadian National Council (Toronto Chapter) and board member of the Urban Alliance on Race Relations. In 2007, she co-founded the Colour of Poverty Campaign - a campaign to address the increasing racialization of poverty in Ontario.

This article based on content from http://www.toronto.ca/civicawards/2008winners.htm.