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Judge's Gavel on Books


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Being asked to be one of many sponsors for the second year was such an honor. I was invited to attend the event this year, and  was so grateful for what each of them do in our communities. Thank you to for choosing to put on a uniform every day.


Etching 250 of wine glasses by hand was no small feat, but seeing the finished product and receiving such positive feedback from the recipients made it all worth it!

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Key Note Speaker

Michelle is a veteran, a former military police officer, a survivor of Canada's "LGBT Purge" and an activist for the LGBT2Q+ community.

Michelle served as an officer in the Canadian Armed Forces from 1986 - 1989. Despite a distinguished service record, she was honorably discharged after being deemed "Not Advantageously Employable Due to Homosexuality"

After being fired by the military, Michelle's landmark legal challenge in 1992 ended Canada's formalized discriminatory policy against LGBT members of the military.

Professionally, Michelle had a 30 year career in public service. She retired from the Canadian Department of Justice in 2019 where she held the position of Director of International Relations. Michelle currently serves as an Executive Director or the LGBT Purge Fund.

Michelle is a member of the board of directors of the Michaelle Jean Foundation. Michelle was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Metal in 2012. In 2021 Maclean's Magazine named Michelle  on the "Power List 50". She is a graduate of Carleton University and resides in Ottawa.

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