Starting off this new segment to my blog is one of the women who is most definitely part of my “Global Village”. Tanya Walker is the foundation of Walker Law, which just celebrated its one year anniversary. She keeps inspiring me with her intelligence, grace and support and I know that she is destined for great things!
The Background: Tanya, who is a trial lawyer, opened Walker Law one year ago, located at 401 Bay Street, in the Simpsons Tower. Walker Law employs the fabulous Kai Yorke-Edwards, who is also an alumni of York University and the skilled Sara Deol, a lawyer from Osgoode Hall.
Walker Law specializes in Commercial Litigation, specifically Franchise and Property disputes. Tanya has appeared before the Landlord and Tenant Board, the Superior Court of Justice, Commercial Court, the Court of Appeal, Divisional Court, Federal Court and has represented claimants before the Human Rights Tribunal.
The talented Ms. Walker currently volunteers on the Ontario Bar Association committee on Franchising and has written an article on Franchising that will be soon to be published. She has also been sharing her time as the head of the Auction Committee for the Second Chance Gala Committee, and being a member of the Canadian Association of Black Lawyers and BBPA. Tanya is a vibrant philanthropist and has regularly spoken to various groups and organizations on issues affecting minorities such as the Jamaican Canadian Association, Dollars and Cents Wake up Series, Women’s Enterprise, the BBPA and the black female lawyers retreat, Sistahs-in-Law.
In the time that I have known this inspiring woman, she has achieved even more accomplishments and prestigious job roles.
In 2010, the Honourable Jean Augustine, who was the first black female member of Parliament, nominated Tanya Walker to be recognized on the official Black History Month poster titled “The Next Generation”. This poster was displayed in all schools, libraries and fire stations across Canada, showing the entire country an amazing role model.
In August 2010, her contributions to her community were again recognized and rewarded, allowing Tanya to become the Women’s Enterprise Woman of the Year ahead of 19 other worthy candidates.
In September 2010, she was appointed by the Lieutenant Governor to become a member of the Assessment Review Board and in this judicial role, she is responsible to render decisions regarding tax disputes between Property Owners & the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation.
The Foreground: When this multi-talented woman has some spare time, she enjoys travelling (Tanya has visited over 30 countries), various forms of fitness and spending time with her family & friends.She recently shared my 40th birthday celebration with many of our common friends, enjoying the amazing menu selections at Bloom Restaurant in Toronto.
To find out more information about Tanya Walker – my first entry in Women Doing Their Thing – please visit http://www.tcwalkerlawyers.com or call 647-342-2334.