Judge Rochelle Ivri
Judge Rochelle Ivri is 1 of 9 citizenship judges in Canada. She is also a paralegal professor at Mohawk College and an adjunct professor at Queen's Law School. She has a degree in Criminology from the University of Windsor, a post-graduate certificate in Alternative Dispute Resolution from York University, and she has co-authored the textbook, Tribunal Practice and Procedure (Emond Publishing).
Judge Ivri served 8 years as a publicly appointed member of the Council of the College of Midwives of Ontario chairing the Investigations and Complaints Review (ICRC), Quality Assurance, and Client Relations Committees, in addition to serving 2 years on the Executive Council. Additionally, Judge Ivri is a former member of the Discipline, Appeal, and Review Committee of the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (now CCIC). As part of her commitment to her community, she was a member of the Niagara-on-the-Lake Public Library Board for 8 years. She currently sits on the board of Bravo Niagara! Festival of the Arts and is the Vice Chair of the Fit Active Beautiful Foundation. She is a member of the Niagara Region Women’s Advisory Committee, the Orders of Canada Committee of the Black North Initiative, and is co-founder of a mentorship program for Black youth.
In 2019, Judge Ivri was awarded the Woman Who Rocks Award for Hamilton and in 2020 she was awarded the Leading Women, Leading Girls, Building Community Award for her work in Kitchener Centre. In 2021, Judge Ivri was awarded the Lincoln Alexander Award by the Law Society of Ontario making her the first paralegal to ever receive this recognition in it's nearly 20 year history. This award (previously only designated for lawyers) recognizes legal professionals who have demonstrated a long-standing interest and commitment to the public and to the pursuit of community service on behalf of residents of Ontario. Judge Ivri was named one of 100 Accomplished Black Canadian Women for 2022. She is passionate about human rights, the Charter, and encouraging active citizenship and civic engagement to make communities thrive.
Accomplishments of note:
*First African-Canadian to be appointed to the Council of the College of Midwives of Ontario
*First African-Canadian to be appointed to the Niagara-on-the-Lake Public Library Board
*First African-Canadian professor in the Paralegal Program at Mohawk College
*First and only African-Canadian to be appointed to the Niagara Region Women’s Advisory Committee
*First paralegal to ever receive the Lincoln Alexander Award from the Law Society of Ontario (rules were changed at convocation in order to allow Judge Ivri to receive the award)
*First paralegal and RCIC to be appointed as a Citizenship Judge
*only currently sitting African-Canadian Citizenship Judge (since 2018))
*100 Accomplished Black Canadian Women Honouree for 2022