SARNIA – At Community Legal Assistance Sarnia’s (CLAS) Annual General Meeting held on Dec. 1, Donna Day of Bkejwanong Territory (Walpole Island) was recognized through the CLAS’s Community Service Award.
Day works for Enodmaagejig (Place of Helpers) Social Services on Walpole Island as their Central Intake Worker. Her other roles include Justice Team Leader and the Naaknigewnan Restorative Justice Co-ordinator, assisting Walpole Island’s satellite provincial court held the first Thursday of every month.
Day’s advocacy expertise assists Island residents’ access justice through referrals to CLAS, and its Baamsedaa (Let’s Walk Together) aboriginal outreach program that is delivered to the communities of Aamjiwnaang, Kettle and Stony Point and Bkejwanong Territory.
The Baamsedaa program and CLAS are funded by Legal Aid Ontario. CLAS is one of 76 legal clinics thoughout Ontario that provides poverty and community law services to eligible low-income persons. Donna Day was Walpole Island’s first female Chief.