Teacher honoured for commitment to civil rights

A Markham high school teacher who is passionate about civil rights has received the Ontario Justice Education Network’s Chief Justices’ Award.

Jamie Glass, a civics, law and media studies teacher at Middlefield Collegiate Institute (MCI), was recognized in his nomination for being “an ally, activist, friend and advocate for the Tamil community in Markham and Scarborough for many generations.”

The co-author of two textbooks, Glass founded the Ontario Law Teachers’ Assistance Network, a group that allows law teachers to work collaboratively. “Empathy is important,” he says. “I believe in truly getting to know and caring about your students.”

Glass also helped develop the Motivation, Inspiration and Literacy through Law program that brings lawyers from various backgrounds to schools to speak to students about their journey and dispel the myth that you need to come from a privileged background to be successful.

“He has impacted so many students and colleagues across the system over the years as well as being an integral part of an outstanding history department at MCI,” says school principal Aline Daniel. “We are so proud of his work and his contributions to our community.”

The Chief Justices’ Award is an annual award created by the Chief Justices of the Ontario Court of Appeal, Superior Court of Justice and Ontario Court of Justice. It honours individuals who make exceptional contributions to promoting public understanding of the justice system. Past recipients include judges, teachers, lawyers, court staff and community organizers.

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