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The Association of Community Legal Clinics of Ontario (ACLCO) is the representative body of Ontario's community legal aid clinics. / L'Association des Cliniques Juridiques Communautaires de L'Ontario (ACJCO) est un organisme représentant des cliniques juridiques communautaires.

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In Memoriam: Robert "Bob" Evans

Wanda White

May 26, 2017
The ACLCO and the clinic system have lost a great champion with the passing of Bob Evans, Co-chair of the ACLCO’s Executive until May, 2016, and a long-serving board member at the Waterloo community clinic. Many of us knew Bob from his hosting duties at the ACLCO AGM, or when he would facilitate meetings of the Clinic Board Liaison Group. Bob was deeply committed to Ontario’s community clinic system and the work that we do. His incisive comments and keen wit were always welcome and he is missed by all of us who knew him.

Bob’s early career was as an officer in the Canadian Airborne (Paratroops). He then worked for the Ontario Public Service before being recruited by Ernst & Young to work as a Consultant in their Human Resources Division where he advised a variety of public and private sector organizations on management and human resources issues. After a few years he co-founded a consultancy. Through this and subsequent enterprises, also founded by Bob, he advised on management issues in Canada, Europe and West Africa.

After retirement Bob volunteered in the social services sector, tackling hospice work, street outreach and not-for-profit governance. He joined the Board of Waterloo Region Community Legal Services in 2007 and then served as Board Chair for several years. In 2010 he was recruited to the Board of the Association of Community Legal Clinics of Ontario and served as Co-Chair until 2016 representing the interests of Ontario’s 77 Legal Aid Clinics.

Bob was a gifted writer and the author of 3 books, the most recent being MORAL LEADERSHIP - Facing Canada’s Leadership Crisis (McGraw-Hill, 1997). He authored hundreds of articles for newspaper and magazine print media and has a National Magazine Award to his credit.

Music was always an important part of his life. He played a chromatic harmonica, drummed - most recently on his Djembe drum - and added his lovely voice to choral groups, most recently with the Waterloo Region Police Male Chorus. He learned to fence as a young man and went on to win Provincial Fencing Championship awards. He was a renowned story teller and had a quick wit and a big laugh. Bob was a bit of an animal whisperer. He shared his home with dogs, cats and parrots over the years but also had an affinity for befriending raccoons and calling birds out of the trees to feed from his hand. He was a larger than life, kind, generous compassionate man who led a rich and storied life. He served humbly as a wise mentor to many and would give you $10 if you asked for $5.

Bob leaves behind his beloved partner Ellie Rimmer, her three children, Tom (Victoria), Jeremy and Susan (Richard DeCaire), Bob’s three children Sean Evans and family, Kim Evans (Donna) and Eric Evans (Laurie L.) sister Liz Moore (Dave) and brother Peter Evans (Rene Graham). Also sharing in the loss are nephews John Cooper, David Cooper (Amanda) and their children Finn and Ruby, Evan Moore (Lindsay Harker), Paul Evans, niece Cathy Burgess (Andrew), inherited grandchildren Benjamin and Julia Decaire, Freyja and Javia Rimmer and many treasured friends gained over 80 years of a rich and interesting life.

In Memoriam: Wanda Ruby Ann White

Wanda WhiteAugust 30, 2016
All of us at the ACLCO are very saddened to acknowledge the passing of Wanda Ruby Ann White (nee Deschamps) on August 30, 2016.

Wanda was a member of the Board of Directors of Kinna-aweya Legal Clinic for 30 years. She was first elected in September 1986 to represent the Nipigon area. She was elected as President of the Board of Directors in October 1989 and served as President continuously since that time.

Wanda hired many of the staff at Kinna-aweya Legal Clinic. She attended the provincial Association of Community Legal Clinics of Ontario’s AGM for many years. She was a guiding force of her legal clinic and she will be missed by all of us, Board members and staff alike. We will miss her friendship. Her guidance and wisdom will continue to guide us and her contributions to community legal clinics will be cherished forever.

2016 Annual Report

2016 Annual Report: Together Making the Equal Rights Dream a Reality (cover image)

The ACLCO is pleased to publish its 2016 Annual Report, "Together Making the Equal Rights Dream a Reality" intended to showcase the fine work done in our community legal clinics [more]

Community Development Announcement

Survey Results

October 2016 - Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) and the Association of Community Legal Clinics of Ontario (ACLCO) have created a joint working group to develop strategies that will help clinics do more community development and community organizing at the local level. Read the announcement here in English ou en français

Membership Survey Results

Survey Results

In July 2016, the ACLCO surveyed members about its services. We are pleased to share the results with you. Click here to download the document (PDF).

New Digs!

55 University Ave, Toronto

The ACLCO is finally in our permanent, new offices on the 14th floor at 55 University Avenue, Toronto. Please drop by and check out our new digs!

If you are sending items in the mail to us, please note our new address on the Contact Us page.

Annual General Meeting

Oakham House, RyersonU

The 19th annual Annual General Meeting & Conference was held May 27-28th at Oakham House, featuring two days of important board and staff training and ACLCO business focused on the them of "New Beginnings".

Members can access conference materials in the Members area.

Legal Aid Ontario's CEO David Field brought greetings to us and we are pleased be able to share his remarks. [View the Video]

Annual Report

2015 Annual Report: Together Making the Equal Rights Dream a Reality (cover image)

The ACLCO is pleased to publish its first Annual Report, "Together Making the Equal Rights Dream a Reality" intended to showcase the fine work done in our community legal clinics [more]

Community Legal Clinic
Transformation Projects

Community Legal Clinics across Ontario are engaged in projects to improve client services, tackle access to justice issues in their communities and streamline operations. These projects are as unique as the communities they serve. Read more about these exciting initiatives.

The Association of Community Legal Clinics of Ontario is proud to announce the release of a first-ever Strategic Plan for Ontario’s Community Legal Clinic system. Click Here

On Friday September 21st, 2012 the ACLCO hosted a live presentation entitled “A Practical Clinic Perspective on Mergers and Hubs – The Hamilton and Rexdale Experiences." To view the presentation Click Here

Community Legal Clinics in Ontario: Ensuring access to justice

ACLCO releases in partnership with its member clinics a new information booklet profiling the clinic system, what it does, and the impact on the clients it serves. Disponible en français.

Please Note: Due to the large file size this document may take some time to download.