Jennie Stone is the Acting Executive Director of Neighbourhood Legal Services. She also manages the Health Justice Program, a partnership including HALCO, ARCH, and ALS, which provides embedded legal services for patients of the Family Health Team at St. Mike’s, and engages in cross-professional education for clinicians and legal service providers.
Jennie’s background is in immigration and citizenship law. Prior to joining NLS in 2010 she co-founded the Hong Kong Refugee Advice Centre (now Justice Centre HK) which provides free legal representation to refugee claimants and vulnerable migrants in the HKSAR. Until November 2018 she spent 4 years on the Executive Committee of the Canadian Council for Refugees and advocated to repeal the rule barring non-disclosed family members from being reunited in Canada, which for the next 2 years won’t apply to refugees or sponsored family members. She was also co-counsel for the CCR as an intervenor in the case of Kanthasamy v. Minister of Citizenship and Immigration at the Supreme Court of Canada, successfully arguing that humanitarian and compassionate discretion should be broad and flexible. More recently, she was co-counsel in the case of Mayes v. Minister of Citizenship and Immigration which was settled to now provide for waivers from the citizenship fee. Jennie thinks a lot about how to best accommodate clients through ableist legal systems.