There’s a “new kid on the block,” of paralegal organizations.
The Women’s Paralegal Association of Ontario (WPAO) has begun accepting applications for its woman-centred services. WPAO provides mentorship and support to women working as licensed Paralegals within the Province of Ontario, and to paralegal students.
Innovation and education are the hallmarks of the not-for-profit corporation. Founder Andrea Sesum, a paralegal and educator, says WPAO is dedicated to providing a solid, reputable support network for women, and promoting professional growth and advancement.
Women Paralegals in Ontario, and students enrolled in Paralegal Education programs offered through post-secondary institutions that are accredited by the Law Society of Upper Canada are eligible to join. Member benefits include discounts on paralegal practice-related products and services.
Among its goals, the new group will:
- Provide social, business and professional development opportunities
- Enable members to speak to issues that affect women paralegals
- Advocate on behalf of the profession
- Promote members in leadership positions
- Partner with other legal and non-legal professional associations, to develop events and programs
- Sponsor CPDs and other education opportunities for members
- Host speakers’ forums with prominent leaders on current issues
- Honour women in the Paralegal industry, with a yearly “WPAO Distinguished Woman Paralegal Award”
- Support student members with the yearly “WPAO Distinguished Student Award”
To learn more or to join WPAO, visit the website.