Our 20th Anniversary Tribute fundraiser, sponsored by Blakes, will be held on June 12, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. at the Daniels Spectrum. Don’t miss out on a fabulous, fun filled night for a good cause!

About Mary Ito


Mary has had a long history of broadcasting, most recently as host of CBC’s Living in Toronto. She worked at TVOntario for five years as host of a daily talk show called More to Life which covered an eclectic range of topics in health, education, arts and culture, business and family issues. Mary was also the host of Second Opinion on TVO – a panel show which dealt with controversial issues in health. She also worked at Global TV as the anchor of a daily health report called Health Matters.

Mary has also worked at CFTO-TV as a reporter, host and weekend news anchor. She also worked previously in radio at CBC, and at CFRB as a reporter, host and producer.

Mary is active in the community with a particular interest in health. She has volunteered her services for many organizations including the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, the MS Society of Ontario, the Hospital for Sick Children, the Toronto Public Library and the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre. She lives with her husband and three children in Toronto.


About Geri Sanson

Geri Sanson, a long-time human rights lawyer and familiar face in the women’s anti-violence community, is the 2014 Spirit of Barbra Schlifer Award recipient!

“Geri is an outstanding candidate who embodies the qualities sought by the Clinic. Her commitment to improving the safety of women is impressive – for over two decades she has advocated many pivotal cases before i

nquests, courts and tribunals, she has taught human rights courses at a number of institutions, published articles, spoken at conferences, and is a recognized community leader”, says Clinic Executive Director, Amanda Dale.

Geri Sanson’s contributions to public purpose law have already been recognized by others: she has been given the Law Society Medal and identified by L’Expert Canadian Legal Directory.

Geri’s work on the Hadley and May Iles inquests and Vince inquiry demonstrated her outstanding commitment to women’s equality and safety from violence. Her work has led directly to changes in law and policy as well as the establishment of the Domestic Violence Death Review Committee which have increased women’s safety in relationships and in the workplace.

Geri studied the Queen’s University Faculty of Law, receiving her call to the bar in 1990.

Geri’s award will be conferred at the 20th Annual Tribute fundraiser on June 12 at the Daniels Spectrum. Doors open at 6:30pm.

Geri will be sure to accept her award with a rousing speech!

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