We are pleased to advise that Angela Simmonds, Articled Clerk with Nova Scotia Legal Aid’s HRM Youth Office, was the recipient of the Dr. Burnley Allan “Rocky” Jones Individual Award at the International Human Rights Day and Awards held on December 8th. Congratulations Angela!
Picture below is Angela with her family. Angela’s youngest son Adre was unable to attend the ceremony as he is in Ontario for school, however, pictured from left to right are: AJ, son; Angela; Angelina, daughter; and husband, Dean.
Angela’s recipient biography was as follows:
Angela Simmonds believes that the law can be used as a tool to address discrimination, systemic racism and inequities in our society.
She has become a legal expert on Preston land claims and issues relating to the Land Titles Clarification Act (LTCA). Because of her work helping African Nova Scotians to obtain titles to their land that their families have lived on for generations, she appeared before the a United Nations expert panel that subsequently echoed her recommendation in their preliminary report. She also worked closely with the Nova Scotia Community College to create a video on the subject that was recently awarded the Human Rights Amnesty Award.
A JD graduate from the Dalhousie Schulich School of Law, Angela currently works for the Nova Scotia Legal Aid – Youth Office. She has previously worked for the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society, Federal Prosecution Service Canada, the Department of Natural Resources, Schools Plus and the Halifax Regional School Board.
She is a recipient of the 2017 Judge Corrine Sparks Award and the 2017 Dalhousie Legal Aid Service’s Sarah MacWalker MacKenzie Clinical Law Award.