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Nominate a remarkable candidate for the Spirit of Barbra Schlifer Award

Barbra Schlifer was an idealistic young lawyer whose life was cut short by violence on the night of her call to the bar of Ontario. In her memory, the Barbra Schlifer Clinic helps survivors of violence rebuild their lives through free legal representation, counselling and language interpretation.

Do you know a remarkable woman or gender-diverse person whose work is focused on improving the lives of those facing violence? Since 2012, the Spirit of Barbara Schlifer Award has recognized an individual who makes a demonstrable contribution to improving the lives of women and gender-diverse people wanting to build lives free from violence. Through paid employment, community leadership or volunteering, their work challenges prejudice toward gender, race, socio-economic status, sexual orientation, geographic isolation/disadvantage, disability and/or religious belief. They are recognized for their advocacy in the area of gender-based violence.

Did we just describe someone you know? The deadline to receive nominations is January 19, 2024.

For more information, contact Meldina Smith, Director of Resource Development, at or (647) 264-8364. To learn more about the Clinic, visit

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* 1. Nominee information

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* 2. Nominator information

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* 3. What impact has your nominee’s work, community or volunteer leadership had on women who have survived violence? Please reference one or more of the following in your submission: a) assisting women who have experienced violence to improve their access to safety, b) Contributing to women’s safety through systemic change, such as increased access to justice, improved policy, procedure or legal reform; c) Increasing participation of women who experience or have experienced violence in defining solutions to their situations. (total 600 words) 60 points

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* 4. What impact has your nominee’s leadership had on other women within her firm/organization/corporation/school or the community more generally? 20 points

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* 5. Give examples of how your nominee: a) Demonstrated a collaborative approach to improving access to safety and justice for women through various disciplines and response systems (e.g. social work, law, settlement services); b) Understands the complexity of gender-based violence and consciously works with the intersections of gender, race, socio-economic status, sexual orientation, geographic isolation/disadvantage, disability and/or religious belief, to assist women. 20 points

Please include the following with your nomination:
- A 1-2 page letter of introduction
-A maximum of two additional letters of support (one page each)

Please submit your supporting documents via one of the below contacts, clearly indicating the name of the nominee.

Fax: 416-323-9107
Spirit of Barbra Schlifer Award Selection Committee
c/o Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic
489 College Street, Suite 503Toronto, Ontario, M6A 1A5By
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