Lucy McSweeney, the Children’s Lawyer for Ontario, joins this years list of individuals being recognized as Leaders to be Proud Of and champions of diversity by Out on Bay Street. Lucy received this year’s Professional Leadership Award.
Lucy McSweeney was appointed by the Ontario Government as the Children’s Lawyer for Ontario in 2010. The Office of the Children’s Lawyer is part of Ontario’s Ministry of the Attorney General and provides legal services on behalf of children under the age of 18. The Office is unique as it offers the most comprehensive government-funded legal service to children in the world. The Office is involved to ensure that children are independently represented or have a litigation guardian in various areas of law, including child custody and access disputes, child protection proceedings, property and estate matters and civil litigation.
Her nomination described Lucy in the following terms:
Lucy has been a transformational leader as her office continues to grapple with the challenges of increasing service demand and fixed human and fiscal resources. She has inspired her team by bringing a positive and inclusive approach to organizational transformation as the Office faces new and increasingly complex challenges in representing children. She has also encouraged and built a cohesive province-wide team that works on behalf of children across Ontario. Through these relationship-building skills, Lucy has established numerous connections with the Ontario Courts, other government branches, and local non-profit organizations to help advance the rights and protection of children.
Out on Bay Street is an organization founded in 2007 to provide opportunities and resources based on education, leadership, mentoring and networking for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and ally students and young professionals, and to reshape the way organizations operate in the marketplace by promoting change and openness. The goal goal is to empower the younger members of the LGBTQA community to be leaders of a tomorrow in which all institutions embrace inclusiveness within the workplace and diversity within the workforce.