Ombudsman Ontario

Ombudsman Ontario

April 27, 2012 15:20 ET

Updated: Ombudsman Andre Marin Receives Ontario Bar Association Award for Distinguished Service

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 27, 2012) - Ontario Ombudsman André Marin received the Ontario Bar Association's 2012 Award for Distinguished Service at an award ceremony in Toronto last night.

"We're honoring the Ombudsman's commitment to justice issues, to the strength of his commitment and advocacy for those that don't have the strength and the voice to speak for themselves," said OBA vice-president Morris Chochla, who presented Mr. Marin with the award. "We're delighted to be able to honour André Marin tonight," he said, noting that the Ombudsman's work represents "all of the things that the OBA stands for."

The distinguished service award represents recognition by Mr. Marin's peers in the legal community for his exceptional career contributions to legal profession in Ontario, as well as the development of law in Ontario and the achievement of significant law-related benefits for the residents of Ontario.

In accepting the award, Mr. Marin dedicated it to his staff at the Office of the Ombudsman of Ontario. "From the moment government maladministration is brought to our attention, our approach to issues needs to be unfailingly professional," he said. "From the triage, to the analysis, to the investigation, to our findings, to our recommendations and to the outreach and communications stages, our work must at all times meet exacting standards. Our people have truly risen to the occasion. I am indebted to the staff of the Ombudsman's Office for the sheer dedication and motivation to help the 'little guy' access the corridors of power, humanize government and find solutions to big and small problems."

Mr. Marin also received the 2009 OBA Tom Marshall Award of Excellence for his outstanding contribution to the practice of public sector law in Ontario.

As Ontario's Ombudsman since 2005, Mr. Marin's recommendations for policy and legislative reform have benefited millions of Ontarians from newborn babies to property taxpayers to lottery players.

Mr. Marin served as Canada's first Ombudsman for the Department of National Defence and the Canadian Forces for more than six years, and as Director of the Special Investigations Unit of the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General from 1996 to 1998. Prior to 1996, Mr. Marin was an Assistant Crown Attorney with the Ministry of the Attorney General in Ottawa.

The OBA is a branch of the Canadian Bar Association, representing more than 17,000 lawyers, judges, law professors and law students across Ontario. Other honorees last night were Hon. Patrick LeSage (President's Award), Hon. Allen Linden and Prof. Kent Roach (Mundell Medal), Mark Berlin (Linda Adlam Manning Award), and Patricia DeGuire, Alex Langford and Jamie Trimble (Distinguished Service Award).

Live-tweets from the Ombudsman's Twitter account (@Ont_Ombudsman) and some photos from the event were compiled as a Storify story here: http://storify.com/Ont_Ombudsman/ombudsman-honoured-with-distinguished-service-awar.

More photos and information can be found at www.ombudsman.on.ca.

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