THUNDER BAY, ON --- January 30, 2013 – The City’s first Aboriginal Liaison, Anna Gibbon, has been appointed Justice of the Peace to the Ontario Court of Justice by the Ministry of the Attorney General, effective Feb. 6.
“The City of Thunder Bay is pleased to congratulate Anna on this esteemed appointment,” said Mayor Keith Hobbs. “We know that she will bring the same depth of commitment and valuable skill set to the position of Justice of the Peace, as she did as the City’s inaugural Aboriginal Liaison. She will be missed by the Corporation, the Elders Advisory Council and the many community groups that she worked diligently with to advance Aboriginal relations within Thunder Bay. We wish Her Worship all the best.”
Justice of the Peace Gibbon is one of seven newly appointed Justices of the Peace in Ontario and has been assigned to Thunder Bay in the Northwest region. Justice of the Peace Gibbon has been the Aboriginal Liaison for the City of Thunder Bay since 2008. She has several years’ experience as a human resources manager and more than 16 years’ experience as a correctional officer with the former Ministry of Correctional Services. In 2005, she achieved level one certification in Alternative Dispute Resolution and in 2006, was certified as a human resources professional. Justice of the Peace Gibbon also owned and operated her own company which provided negotiation and mediation services. She has been a Council Member for the Thunder Bay Indian Friendship Centre and a Committee Member for the National Aboriginal Day Organizing Committee.
"I would like to join the Mayor in congratulating Anna on her appointment,” said John Hannam, City Clerk. “As our first Aboriginal Liaison Anna brought her considerable skills (skills that clearly the Attorney General has recognized) to bear in supporting the development of the City's Aboriginal Liaison Strategy and has played a key role in fostering an improved relationship with the urban Aboriginal community. She’s helped build a growing understanding of Aboriginal issues within the Corporation. She will certainly be missed here at the City, but I know that Anna brings a high standard of personal integrity, a strong sense of fairness and an overall concern for the wellbeing of our community to her new role as a Justice of the Peace. "