Public Prosecution Service of Canada

Public Prosecution Service of Canada

October 21, 2010 12:24 ET

National Prosecution Awards for Top Prosecutors

SASKATOON, SASKATCHEWAN--(Marketwire - Oct. 21, 2010) - The Federal-Provincial-Territorial Heads of Prosecutions Committee has recognized the outstanding accomplishments of three prosecutors, who were honoured at an awards ceremony held last night. The award program, instituted in 2006, honours professional excellence, exemplary service and outstanding achievements. 

The awards were presented by the Honourable Don Morgan, Q.C., Minister of Justice and Attorney General for Saskatchewan. 

The Committee chose the following prosecutors for their contributions to advancing and promoting prosecutions within the Canadian criminal justice system:

  • Ms. Sandra T. Thomas, Counsel with the Public Prosecution Service of Canada in Toronto, was awarded the 2010 Humanitarian Award. In addition to excellence as a prosecutor, Ms. Thomas has an exemplary record of outstanding involvement and dedication to community issues and needs. She has worked tirelessly not only as a staunch advocate for inclusiveness of minorities and women in the legal profession, but has dedicated over a decade in funding of numerous educational scholarships to help provide the means for access to the legal profession. She dedicates countless hours in the betterment of the lives of at-risk youth. She plays a vital role in educating not only those in her community but also fellow members of the PPSC about Criminal and Tax law. She also mentors numerous new lawyers in their role as prosecutors. She has been the recipient of various awards in the past, including the prestigious Lincoln M. Alexander Award and the Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal.
  • Ms. Madeleine Giauque, Counsel, Bureau du Directeur des poursuites criminelles et pénales du Québec, was awarded the 2010 Commitment to Justice Award. One year after being called to the Bar, she was given the responsibility of managing a regional office in recognition of her legal talents and management skills. During her distinguished career, she has prosecuted numerous serious and high-profile cases including a mega-case involving Hell's Angels that presented many hurdles, not the least of which was having to start the trial anew when the presiding judge stepped down and a new judge was assigned. Undaunted, Ms. Giauque displayed considerable determination and perseverance and motivated her team to undertake a new trial. Nearly two years later, the trial was successfully concluded with a decision on the merits for all accused.
  • Mr. Matt Miazga, Senior Crown Counsel with the Saskatchewan Department of Justice, was awarded the Courage and Perseverance Award 2010. Mr. Miazga has prosecuted many difficult and sensitive cases during his career, including a complex child abuse case that would follow him for 15 years with a malicious prosecutions lawsuit that was finally concluded in his favour by the Supreme Court of Canada. During this time, Mr. Miazga continued his work as a prosecutor. He also took on additional functions that would have a positive impact on the administration of justice in Saskatchewan. Among the many initiatives that benefited from his involvement and input are the introduction of processes and protocols on videoconferencing, electronic court scheduling and the Domestic Violence Court in Saskatoon.

"I understand the Committee received more nominations than in previous years, all of which proposed accomplished individuals with highly impressive achievements and credentials" said Mr. Morgan. "So many candidates were deserving of this award, which only serves to underscore the sterling qualities of the winners." 

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