Profiles of citizenship judges

Brum, Renata

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Appointed Citizenship Judge in October, 2013, she is a former Member of the Social Security Tribunal on which she served immediately following her six year appointment as a Citizenship Judge in Mississauga. As a Citizenship Judge, she presided over thousands of hearings in English and in French and was called upon to consult on policy, jurisprudence and legislative initiatives to combat fraud and reform the citizenship process. She was born in the Azores, Portugal, and came to Canada with her family as a child. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Criminology, a Master of Arts from the Toronto School of Theology, and a Certificate in Public Relations from the University of Toronto. She did legal and policy research for the Honourable Mr. Justice David M. Brown, now at the Ontario Superior Court, and was also a Senior Associate with the High Park Group providing research, media analysis and strategic advice. Her community work has included serving as a host parent to international students studying in Canada; the 820 Chris Hadfield Royal Air Cadet Squadron; and the Milton District Hospital Foundation. She is the Vice-Chair of the Collegium (Governing Board) of St. Michael’s College, University of Toronto. She is the mother of five children and speaks English, French, Portuguese, Spanish and Italian.

Pash, Gerald

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Appointed Citizenship Judge for British Columbia in June 2012, he had a 27-year career in radio broadcasting, following which he worked for the Department of National Defence for 22 years as a public affairs officer at the Maritime Forces Pacific Headquarters, in Victoria, B.C. In his civilian occupations and as a Canadian Forces reservist, he has received several awards in recogntion of his commitment to active, engaged citizenship involving health, education, law enforcement, families, women, youth, veterans, heritage, culture, arts, and commerce. For 13 years he volunteered as an auxiliary RCMP constable and served for 25 years in the Canadian Forces Reserve in the Public Affairs Branch and as a Cadet Instructor. An Aide de Camp to the Lieut.-Governor of B.C., he retired at the rank of Lieut.-Commander. The B.C. Association of Broadcasters named him “Broadcaster Citizen of the Year,” and he was Penticton “Citizen of the Year.” A member of Rotary for over forty-five years he is a Paul Harris Fellow. Nationally, is is an Officer of the Order of St. John, and he holds the Queen Elizabeth II Golden and Diamond Jubilee medals, the Canadian Forces Decoration and the Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation.

Taschereau, Myriam

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Appointed Citizenship Judge for Montréal in June 2014, she holds a Bachelor of Law from the Université de Sherbrooke as well as undergraduate degrees in Communication and Political Science.

Having held management positions in both the public and private sectors, she has extensive experience in business management, communications, public relations and tourism development.

Having sat on a number of boards, she makes it her duty to get involved in community projects and various causes, such as support for caregivers and conservation of built heritage.

Chosen as one of Eastern Quebec’s 50 leading women in power by the Journal Économique, she has also received a number of awards and distinctions in the economic, cultural and tourism fields.

Keenly interested in foreign cultures, she has spent time in a number of countries, including Japan, the Philippines, Mexico and the United States. She has also crisscrossed Canada to deepen her knowledge and broaden her horizons.

Wong, Albert

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Appointed Citizenship Judge for the Greater Toronto Area in June 2014, he has over thirty-five years of service in the Canadian Armed Forces. Over his career, he has served in various public affairs positions with the military across Canada, with the United Nations in Eritrea and Ethiopia, and in Afghanistan. As a volunteer, he has made valuable leadership contribution to a number of organizations including as Chair of the Mississauga Board of Chinese Professionals and Businesses (CPB). Born in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, he is a 2012 recipient of the Chinese Canadian Legend Award. He is currently serving as the Chief Aide-de-Camp to the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario and was awarded the Vice-Regal commendation in 2014.

Wong, Roy Chew Yee

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Appointed Citizenship Judge for Vancouver, in October 2012, he practiced law in Quebec and British Columbia for many years. He previously served on the administrative tribunal at the Appeal Division under the British Columbia Workers’ Compensation Act. He also pursued a career as a professional artist painting in oil and watercolors. He has volunteered by serving as a director and member of the executive board at the Montreal Chinese Hospital. He received a Bachelor of Arts in science and philosophy from New York University and earned a degree in Quebec civil law from Université de Montréal. He later studied common law at the University of British Columbia.

Woodard, Joe


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Appointed Citizenship Judge for Calgary in March 2012, he has worked as an academic, a journalist and a writer. As the religion editor of the Calgary Herald, he developed broad relationships with that city’s ethnic communities. He also served as the Child and Family Policy advisor for the Member of Parliament for Calgary Centre, was the founding vice president of Canada Family Action, and a board member of several family support charities. He has taught political science and social philosophy at several universities; he earned degrees from the University of Alberta (B.A., 1975), Dalhousie University (M.A., 1980), St. John’s College (M.Lib.Std., 1980), and Claremont Graduate School (Ph.D., 1988).

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