Pride Bench dedicated to long-time lawyer and advocate, Douglas Elliott

By Rosalind Russell-

An Elliott Lake lawyer was humbled and proud to have a Pride Bench dedicated in his name.

Algoma Family Services in partnership with Elliot Lake Pride were on hand yesterday for the formal dedication in front of their city office.

Douglas Elliott is well known for his work on landmark constitutional cases such as same sex marriage.

He has also been counsel in class actions involving some of the largest recoveries including winning the largest Canadian judgement of $50 million in an action brought by a group of gay and lesbian Canadians seeking CPP survivor’s pensions against the federal government in Hislop v Canada.

PHOTO: Doug’s cousin had this to say … The bench my cousin Douglas Elliott and I are seated upon was a Pride bench that was graciously donated by Algoma Family Services and dedicated to Douglas. Although not to take anything away from Douglas, this bench represents so much more to me.This bench symbolizes a place for one to come and take a moment. Weather to simply rest, reflect, take in the scenery, grieve, rejoice or seek refuge, this bench should come to be recognized by our community as a spot of safety, tolerance, acceptance and yes love. Photos provided by AFS and used with permissions.

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