Martha MacKinnon 1948 – 2016

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HALCO board and staff were extremely saddened to learn that Martha MacKinnon died on January 8, 2016, after living with cancer for some time. We extend our sincerest sympathies to her family, friends and colleagues.

After starting her career as a teacher, Martha became a lawyer in 1986. Throughout her career in law, she was committed to access to justice, particularly for those who were often on the margins, including children, youth, and people with HIV. Martha was staff lawyer and then executive director at Justice for Children and Youth for many years.

Martha was a staunch supporter of social justice and of HALCO. She joined our board in November 2000 and continued to serve until September 2012, all the while making innumerable and invaluable contributions (including serving as vice-chair and chair, as well as actively participating in many board committees). Her ability to skilfully chair a meeting, while knitting elaborate socks with beautiful yarns, was memorable.

We remember Martha as determined, wise, insightful, skilled, wry, witty and truly dedicated. She will be sorely missed…

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