Our Staff

West End Legal Services of Ottawa is funded by Legal Aid Ontario for six full time positions: one lawyer-director, one lawyer, two community legal workers, an office manager and one support staff position.

As Lawyer-Director, Jacques Chartrand oversees the day-to-day operation of the clinic, and is responsible to the Board of Directors.  His casework is primarily in the areas of disability cases under the Ontario Disability Support Program and Canada Pension Plan Disability as well as appellate work before the Divisional Court and the Federal Court.

Caroline Harris-McDonald and Laurie Joe job-share the Staff Lawyer position. Their areas of expertise are in the areas of Workers’ Compensation, Immigration Law and Ontario Disability Support Program and are responsible for supervising the legal aspects of the casework performed by the community legal workers.

Mary Garrett is a Community Legal Worker (CLW) who is the resident expert in the area of landlord and tenant law and housing issues.   Mary is a true, veteran community legal worker within the legal clinic system province wide, and has been with West End Legal Services since 1981.

Sylvia Chapman is a lawyer working in the capacity of Community Legal Worker primarily in the areas of Ontario Disability Support Program and Ontario Works issues.  Sylvia is heavily involved in training of university students pursuing a career in social justice law and has become a mentor to those under her supervision.

Office Manager Linda Martineau undertakes the financial management and administrative aspect of the clinic, including human resources issues, public legal education, outreach, public relations as well as liaising with the Board of Directors and their committees.

Vicky Watson provides casework support for the legal caseworkers, performs reception duties including referrals and community resources, trains and supervises front office volunteers and co-op students and manages the clinic’s IT system.