Metropolitan United Church Toronto
Located across the street from our office at 137 Church St. in downtown Toronto, our firm has supported the Out of the Cold program at the Metropolitan United Church since first moving to Church St. some 13 years ago. That support comes in the form of annual giving donations and by our “boots on the ground” in the form of long term volunteers Alexandra Seaton, Pam Kennedy and now a new generation represented by Sydney Bunting. These dedicated women brave the cold winter mornings every Wednesday from November to March, arriving at dawn’s early light for a “Chop Chop” program, preparing food for the downtown community serviced by the Church.
A Night to Celebrate Success in Transplantation
The firm is a proud sponsor of this annual fundraiser in support of Toronto General & Western Hospital Foundation UHN which raises both funds and awareness of the critical importance of organ donation. The fundraiser is a passionate project started by Kirsten Cooney, whose own Dad was given the gift of life and an extra 15 years to spend with his family. The event raises funds to support Education initiatives in UHN’s Transplant Program at the Toronto General Hospital, which runs the largest transplant program in North America. Its history of pioneering world-first discoveries has helped save countless lives here and around the world. We are proud to be part of it and proud to have these amazing doctors and researchers here in our city. If you wish to learn more about the program or organ donation, click here.
Since 1982, the Red Door has provided emergency shelter and support for women
who are fleeing violence at home, families who are evicted, refugees or young
mothers who may have nowhere to go. It has grown to be one of the largest family
shelters in the city providing shelter and support to over 500 families every year.
Brenda Christen has a history of supporting the Red Door and is delighted that
fellow firm member Carina Chan sits on the Board of Directors for the Red Door
The firm has a long history of taking on pro bono cases of public importance. In
2017, partner Farrah Hudani and associate Jessica Braude acted on behalf of the Defence for Children International in the Supreme Court of
Canada on the seminal Hague Convention case, Office of the Children’s Lawyer v.
Balev (2018) 1 S.C.R. 398. In this groundbreaking appeal, Defence for Children
International argued of the importance of hearing from children with less restrictions
and barriers in Hague Convention cases.
Most recently, in 2018, partner Farrah Hudani and associates Christina Doris and Sydney Bunting acted on behalf of the Defence for Children International in the Supreme Court of Canada on the seminal immigration case, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness and Attorney General of Canada v. Tusif Ur Rehman Chhina. Farrah, making the argument on behalf of the Defence for Children International, set out the importance of the availability of the Writ of Habeas Corpus for immigrant children and more specifically the fact that creating procedural hurdles for children to access their right to Habeas Corpus exposes them to risk of harm.
Partners Brenda Christen, Alexandra Seaton, and Christopher Burrison recently fulfilled their
portion of the pledge of support given by Wilson Christen LLP to the Sixties Scoop Healing Foundation.
The Foundation was created as part of the National Sixties Scoop Settlement which included
a $50,000,000 fund for all survivors impacted by the Sixties Scoop.
The Sixties Scoop Settlement was brought about by the advocacy of Wilson Christen
along with class action co-counsel Morris Cooper.
Jessica Braude won the Heather McArthur Award for her work on the case and
continued to provide volunteer services to the Foundation post settlement.
Young Women in Law (YWL) is a not-for-profit organization that aims to provide
young women lawyers in their early stages of practice with a platform and the tools
to connect with other lawyers, enhance their skills and give back to their
community. YWL also provides support to young women lawyers as they navigate
the early stages of their career, seek to make career transitions and strive to balance
work with their personal life.
As a Director of Sponsorship, SydneyvBunting takes the lead on developing Sponsorship Strategy for YWL geared toward retaining recurrent sponsors, identifying prospective sponsors and securing those sponsors for YWL events and YWL in general. Sydney coordinates a team effort towards meeting the organization’s charitable and programming objectives. For those interested, click here.
Pro Bono Ontario bridges the gap between low-income Ontarians whose legal
needs are not covered by government agencies (eg. Legal aid, etc.) and lawyers
who want to volunteer their services. PBO manages various programs that enables
low-income clients to access legal advice by developing and directly managing pro
bono programs that address unmet legal needs.
Christina Doris has been volunteering with Pro Bono Ontario since law school. Christina also participates in the Pro Bono Family Law Appeals program, in which she provides pro bono legal opinions and strategic advice for Family Law Appellants who are seeking advice on their appeals or potential appeals.
Christopher Burrison is privileged to volunteer as manager and coach at the Leaside Hockey Association, where he emphasizes inclusiveness and fair play among competitive hockey players on two hockey teams. Christopher and the Firm also proudly support the Leaside Hockey Association with sponsorship and fundraising.
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